Qatar’s Barshim wins gold medal for men’s high jump at World Indoors

Mutaz Barshim

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Olympic medalist Mutaz Barshim has nabbed another win for Qatar this week, taking the men’s high jump gold at the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships in Poland yesterday.

Barshim beat Russian Ivan Ukhov after jumping a best of 2.38 meters.

According to the IAAF, the 22-year-old “was in silky smooth form, sailing over 2.20m, 2.25m, 2.29m, 2.32m, 2.34m and 2.36m with room to spare.”

It quotes him as saying:

“It is my first indoor medal and it’s a gold,” he said. “I’m very happy with that and with an Asian record.”

The victory is the latest notch in Barshim’s belt. Last year, he won a silver medal at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, and was named Arab Athlete of the Year at the 5th Mohamed Bin Rashid Creative Sports Awards in Dubai. In 2012, he won an Olympic bronze medal in London for the high jump.

Accolades are pouring in for the young athlete online:

Despite his many successes, Barshim appears to be holding on to his humility and sense of humor:


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