Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim high-jumps into the IAAF finals
Olympic medalist Mutaz Barshim has advanced to the high-jump finals at the 2017 World Athletics Championships.
The 26-year-old Qatari easily cleared 2.31m yesterday in London and will compete today against five other athletes who also made the cut.
Barshim has so far won all six competitions he’s participated in this year, but previously said success at the IAAF World is what he’s been working toward.
Hoping to break the record
Barshim currently holds the record for the second best high jumper of all time.
In 2014, he took the gold in the World Indoors Athletics Championships after clearing 2.43m.
He has been trying to beat that record ever since.
He failed to do it at the Rio Olympics in August, but still won Qatar’s first-ever silver medal after jumping 2.36m.
Meanwhile, Qatar’s Ahmed Badir will also compete in a final today, for the javelin throw.
That will take place at 10:15pm, Doha time.