Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim competes in the men’s high jump at the world indoor athletics championships at the ERGO Arena in Sopot, yesterday. INSET: Barshim poses with the gold medal.BOTTOM: Barshim reacts after the men’s high jump final event.
SOPOT, Poland: Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim won men’s high jump gold at the World Indoor Athletics Championships at Sopot yesterday.
The 22-year-old Barshim, who won world outdoor silver in Moscow last year and Olympic bronze in London, jumped a best of 2.38 metres.
Russian Ivan Ukhov took silver on countback, with Ukraine’s Andriy Protsenko claiming bronze with a best of 2.36m.
Meanwhile, debutant Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took her outstanding outdoor form indoors by blasting to victory in the women’s 60m. Fraser-Pryce, who emulated male team-mate Usain Bolt by winning treble gold at last summer’s Moscow outdoor worlds, timed 6.98 seconds, the seventh fastest time ever clocked over the distance. Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure, the current double world outdoor sprint silver medallist, won silver in a season’s best of 7.01sec, with American Tianna Bartoletta claiming bronze (7.06).
Fraser-Pryce’s teammate Veronica Campbell-Brown, back on the track after a 10-month lay-off because of a botched doping case, finished fifth (7.13) behind Briton Asha Philip (7.11).
Fraser-Pryce, twice an Olympic champion over 100m, was fast out of her blocks and propelled her diminutive frame to the head of the field and remained through the finish line on the bright blue track at the Ergo Arena.
It crowned a successful outing in the world indoors for the 27-year-old, whose career focus has always been on outdoor racing, climaxing when she won the 100 and 200m at the Moscow worlds and collected a third gold as part of the Jamaican 4x100m quartet. AGENCIES