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High-jumping hero Mutaz Barshim clinched a gold medal for Qatar this week at the 2017 World Athletics Championships.

The 26-year-old Qatari athlete cleared 2.35m to win the finals in London last night.

He beat Russian Danil Lysenko, who took the silver for jumping 2.32m, while Syrian Eddin Ghazal won the bronze with a jump of 2.29m.

However, Barshim was unable to surpass his own record of 2.43m, which he set in 2014 during the World Indoor Athletics Championships.

That jump is the second highest on record, just behind Cuban Javier Sotomayor’s 2.45m.

According to Reuters, Barshim said:

“My first big world championships gold and I was so determined to win it. I was expecting it tonight so I am glad I managed to fulfill my target.

Let’s say, I was recovering last year. I did not want to put too much pressure on myself, but now I am back in shape and feel I can go even higher. I do not want to retire one day with the feeling that there is still something left.”

Blockbuster year

It’s been a great year for Barshim, who has won all seven competitions he’s participated in over the past eight months.

Barshim also took home Qatar’s first silver Olympic medal in Rio last August.

The athlete will attempt to break his own record when Qatar hosts the next World Championships in two years’ time.

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Mutaz Barshim at the IAAF championships

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.

He will compete at 9:05pm on Sunday night Doha time, according to the IAAF timetable. You should be able to watch it live here.

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.

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Qatar’s javelin thrower Ahmed Badir

That will take place at 10:15pm, Doha time.

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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will not be opening a bribery investigation into the bidding process for the 2017 world championships, officials have announced.

In January, UK Athletics Chairman Ed Warner claimed that “brown envelopes” were being handed out to IAAF Council members on the eve of the vote in 2011.

Qatar and the UK were both bidding for hosting rights to the track & field championships, and London eventually won.

IAAF President Seb Coe

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IAAF President Seb Coe

However, the IAAF’s ethics board backed President Seb Coe, saying on Monday that it found no witnesses to support Warner’s statements.

The Guardian reports it as saying:

“The ethics board could not make such determination simply on the basis of any rumors that may have been circulating in or about November 2011 and nothing more.”

Though Qatar did not win hosting rights to the 2017 championships, it will be hosting the games in 2019.

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