Derek Drouin sets Canadian record in high jump

Derek Drouin set the Canadian high jump record of 2.40m at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa on...

Derek Drouin set the Canadian high jump record of 2.40m at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday, April 25, 2014. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters/Files)

SHAUN BISSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:40 PM ET

With one jump at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday night, Canada's Derek Drouin joined a very special group of high jumpers.

His leap of 2.40 metres was not only good enough to win the "Moscow Games Rematch" competition at the prestigious meet, but it also set a new Canadian record, as well as surpassing a few other all-time marks.

Drouin, who was perfect through 2.38m, needed all three attempts to get over the 2.40m bar.

He broke his previous Canadian record of 2.38m which he set at the 2013 World Track and Field Championships in Moscow en route to tying the mark for highest jump by a North American.

The native of Corunna, Ont. -- just outside Sarnia -- also became just the 10th person in the history of the sport to eclipse the 2.40m mark.

The jump moves him into a tie for 5th place in the all-time competition list and he is now just five centimetres back of Javier Sotomayer's world record jump of 2.45m.

Drouin, who was not immediately available for comment after the competition, will compete next at at the Billy Hayes Invitational at his alma mater Indian University on Saturday, May 3.

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