Mutaz Essa Barshim

Qatar’s Barshim sets season’s best high jump record in Birmingham

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Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim, who astonished the track and field world with his non-traditional hurdling technique on his way to becoming the reigning world champion in high jump this August, one-upped himself in Birmingham when he soared over the bar set to 2.40 meters. That’s just a smidge over 7 feet, 10 inches!

The men’s outdoor high jump world record is currently 2.45m, set by Cuba’s Javier Sotomayor in 1993.

At the 2017 Worlds, the 6-foot-2 Barshim cleared the bar at about 6 feet, 4 inches with his now famous feet-first maneuver.

At Birmingham’s Diamond League event his technique may have been conventional, but his final leap was no less breathtaking.

After trading jumps with Syria’s Majed Aldin Ghazal up to 2.35m, Ghazal decided to bow out, but the Qatari continued on. With the meet already won, Barshim raised the bar to 2.40m.

“I knew I had that jump in me but I needed that pressure on my shoulders,” Barshim said. “I love it here. I had the [meet] record here from 2014 and I also won in Birmingham last year so it is a lucky place for me.”

The 2.40m final jump for Barshim registered as a meet and season record. After climbing down off the landing pad, Barshim’s fellow jumping competitors mobbed him in celebration.

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Mutaz Essa Barshim hurdles the high jump, wins world title (video)

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High jumpers have used the “Fosbury Flop” technique to clear the bar head-first since American Dick Fosbury popularized the technique at the 1968 Olympics.

Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim broke from tradition for an early jump at the track and field world championships in London on Sunday.

The 6-foot-2 Barshim managed to clear the bar at about 6 feet, 4 inches by hurdling feet-first.

The two-time Olympic medalist returned to the “Fosbury Flop” technique and claimed the world title by clearing 2.35m (7 feet, 8.5 inches) without a miss.

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