2nd April 2020


When it comes to international high jumping, few in the modern era boast a CV of 2.40m plus jumps quite mike Mutaz Essa Barshim.

The star from Qatar has been a regular on British turf since making his first appearance in 2011 at the Crystal Palace AVIVA London Grand Prix, where he finished fifth.

His maiden appearance in Birmingham came the following year, where a 2.24m clearance placed him fourth overall but it was a moment of magic in 2017 that will live long in the memory of the fans inside the Alexander Stadium.

Having claimed his first IAAF World Championship title only the week before in London, Barshim made the journey up to Birmingham with the aim of continuing his purple patch of form.

Showing a clean card until 2.31m, Barshim began the competition in excellent form, before requiring a third-time clearance at the aforementioned height to keep his competition alive.

Further first-time efforts at 2.33m and 2.35m made him the outright winner after Majed Aldin Ghazal retired, but Barshim wanted more. With two failed attempts at 2.39m, he upped the bar to 2.40m and bent his frame over the bar to win the competition with a world leading mark and a meeting record.

In celebration, Barshim removed the bar off its perch and took it home with him as a momento of his excellent efforts.