After sailing through a qualification round for the men’s high jump finals yesterday, Qatari track and field athlete Mutaz Barshim is now preparing to go for the gold at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
Barshim, 24, is one of the world’s best high jumpers, and holds a Olympic bronze medal and world silver medal in that category.
Last year, he came close to breaking the world record in the high jump by clearing 2.43 meters (about 8 feet), sparking a meme in which commenters used photoshop to demonstrate the scale of his prowess:
Yesterday, Barshim easily cleared the automatic qualification mark of 2.31 meters on his first attempt.
— زينب. (@Zainab_Ali_) August 28, 2015
Support for the local remains strong, with many in Qatar wishing him good luck ahead of the jump:
Do you plan to watch? Thoughts?