Olympics: Canada's Derek Drouin leaps to gold in men's high jump

Canada's Derek Drouin celebrates after clearing a jump. PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Canada's Derek Drouin took gold in the men's high jump on Tuesday, clearing a height of 2.38m to beat the competition.

Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim claimed silver, narrowly missing out on his country's first Olympic gold, while Bogdan Bondarenko of Ukraine landed bronze.

Drouin, the reigning world champion and one of three bronze medallists in the event at London 2012, jumped with a clean slate throughout the competition, only falling short of the mark at 2.40m having already cinched the gold.

Bondarenko played a tactical game, passing on two of his first four jumps, but was ultimately unable to clear 2.38m to snatch the silver from Barshim.

Russia's Ivan Ukhov was unable to defend his Olympic title after he and other Russian athletes were barred from the Games following revelations of state-backed doping in the country.

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