London, 14 Aug 2017: Asian superstar high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar arrived in London with undefeated in six competitions and armed with the seven of the eight best clearances in the world, the Qatari was among the clearest favourites in the British capital over these ten days of competition.
Barshim admirably held up his end of the bargain with one of the most dominating high jump performances in recent memory to finally claim an elusive global outdoor title.
"I was so determined to win it," said Barshim, who took silver in 2013 but finished a disappointing fourth two years ago in Beijing. "I was expecting it tonight so I am glad I managed to fulfill my target tonight."
nd he made it look relatively easy, too.
The 26-year-old produced a flawless score card en route to his victory, sailing clear at 2.20m, 2.25m, 2.29m, 2.32m and 2.35m all with his first attempt to seal the win, his nation's third and its first in a dozen years. Even before he took that fifth jump, the title was all but secured, with only one other man still jumping. Read more on IAAF