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Qatar’s Barshim to compete for gold in IAAF finals on Sunday

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Mutaz Barshim
Mutaz Barshim

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:

Mutaz Barshim
Mutaz Barshim

Finals

Yesterday, Barshim easily cleared the automatic qualification mark of 2.31 meters on his first attempt.

On Twitter, the athlete thanked God for clearing the qualification round, and said he’d be competing in the finals on Sunday at 1:30pm Doha time. The event will be livestreamed here.

Support for the local remains strong, with many in Qatar wishing him good luck ahead of the jump:

Do you plan to watch? Thoughts?

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Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
6 years ago

Of course. I watched Usain Bolt beat the drug junkie Gatlin.

The Reporter
The Reporter
6 years ago

Remind us again where he was born.

Andrew
Andrew
6 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

Qatar

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

I think he is a real Qatari and not a naturalized one. The same applies to Nasser Al Attiya and another rally champion. They are not many but Qatar has some talented athletes and will most probably have more in the future now that there is a considerable amount of efforts and investments put in sport.

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

“Real Qatari”? What the? Does that mean all the other Qataris representing the Qatar handball team, for instance, are not real Qataris? Fake Qataris?

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

Yep. Many of those who played in the latest Handball World Championships are “fake Qataris”. I am sure they all lost their Qatari passports by now. They did their job, got paid and that’s it. Sport is business 🙂

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

This is the sad issue that was touched upon on another thread recently – nowadays there are so many ‘fake Qataris’ that when a ‘real Qatari’ works hard and makes great achievements in his/her sport, the public will simply assume that he is just another ‘fake’ Qatari. I feel really sorry for Barshim, for a lot of people his skin color and his name will be all that people see when deciding if he is a real Qatari or not.

procan
procan
6 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

Canadian born and bred won the Gold…. Oh Canada justsayin : )

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago
Reply to  procan

Ukrainian born and bred won the silver. Chinese born and bred won the bronze. That might offer some pointers for where to look for some ‘new’ Qataris if they want to win more medals.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

I have no problem with foreign born atheltes representing Qatar as all countries do it. What upsets me is that Qatar breaks its own laws to do it. To be a Qatari citizen you just be Muslim but very few if these people are Muslim as you can see but not adopting an Islamic name.

They close QDC abs bars because they say it goes against their religion but are happy to trade their religion for a few medals. Hypocrisy at its finest

phrkpb
phrkpb
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

You do make a valid point, but in the case of Barshim; he was born and raised in Qatar to a father who also competed for Qatar. So he probably has more grounds than his “compatriots.”

Michael Hargreaves
Michael Hargreaves
6 years ago

Apparently, the livestream is not available in your country.

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