Former Aspire Academy athlete-graduate Mutaz creates history at World Championships

20 Jul 2022

DOHA, Qatar: Former Aspire Academy athlete-graduate Mutaz Barshim created history at the Oregon World Athletics Championships after he won an unprecedented third successive world high jump gold in style after London 2017 and Doha 2019

"Three consecutive World Championship gold medals is something that has never have been done before. I feel like I have a name in our sport, but I have been never felt like the greatest one in the field," said Mutaz, who has also one Olympic gold and two Olympic silvers.

The 31-year-old cleared a world-leading 2.37 metres with ease as all his rivals struggled to get close.

"The target for me was a gold medal, if even the world record is the only thing I still miss," said Barshim, whose best of 2.43m is second only to Javier Sotomayor's 2.45m set in 1993.

The title was confirmed after he had cleared 2.35m but the former Aspire Academy graduate then eased over 2.37m.

On Aspire Academy, Mutaz said: “Aspire Academy is my home. I’ve a lot of great memories. They gave me the opportunity to be who I am.”

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