Derek Drouin, the reigning world and Olympic high jump champion, will not compete at the 2017 IAAF World Championships due to injury. After missing the Canadian Track and Field Championships in early July with a left achilles tendon injury, Drouin has been receiving treatment but today made the difficult decision to pull out of the championships.
“I knew I was dealing with an injury that would make my chances of competing come down to the wire. My support team did everything they could to give my achilles time to heal, we didn’t want to rush back. We just ran out of time. I’ve been progressing, but wasn’t able to get into championship level shape that I expect of myself.
While I’m personally disappointed, I know that Athletics Canada is going to be well represented in London. I’ve been watching my teammates all season and I know there a lot of athletes ready to do some big things. You never know who’s going to break through, but there will definitely be a lot of exciting things to watch over the next week.”
Jeff Huntoon, Athletics Canada Team Coach, “We really thought we’d be able to get him healthy in time. The integrated support team has ben tireless in their efforts in the recovery process and we’ve made progress. But we just ran out of time to get him healthy enough to compete in London.
We had ambitious goals on the track and in the field for 2017, but in Derek’s best interests we decided to call it a season. With Commonwealth Games and NACAC Championships in Toronto next summer, we’ll focus on getting him ready for 2018.”
Glenroy Gilbert, Athletics Canada Head Coach, “As defending world and Olympic champion, I know how hard Derek and coach Jeff Huntoon were working on and off the track to be able to compete in London.
They, along with our integrated support team, did everything in their power to get the opportunity to defend the title.
Unfortunately Derek can't get to where he needs to be, and won't be able to jump.
I know the team sends its best to Derek, and we wish him a speedy recovery. But the focus has to remain on the task at hand, and the athletes who are and will be competing.”
Derek Drouin won gold at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in the high jump. At the last two Olympic Games, Drouin has been on the podium with a bronze at London 2012 and gold at Rio 2016.