Mutaz Barshim wins Qatar's first silver medal in Olympics

 17 Aug 2016 - 10:26

Mutaz Barshim wins Qatar's first silver medal in Olympics
Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar celebrates after winning a silver medal. (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez)

RIO DE JANEIRO: Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim claimed silver in the men's high jump on Tuesday, narrowly missing out on his country's first Olympic gold.
Canada's Derek Drouin took gold, clearing a height of 2.38 metres to beat the competition, while Bogdan Bondarenko of Ukraine landed bronze.

Barshim was assured of the silver when he cleared 2.36m. He was not able to leap over 2.38m in his three tries.

This is the first silver medal for Qatar in Olympics. Previously they had won four bronze medals on eby Barshim himself in London games.

He has won a bronze medal at the London Games by clearing 2.29m. The 24-year-old star also holds the Asian record for the men’s high jump event with a best mark of 2.43 metres. The Asian Indoor and World Junior champion in 2010, Barshim was also the 2014 World Indoor Champion.


“In 2012, it was really difficult as I had stress fracture. I got the green light to compete 10 days before the Olympics. The moment I got on the field, I thought if this is my last jump ever, I will do it. I gave it all I had and I got the medal,” he recalled about his London jump before leaving for Rio.

“To get the support of everyone from around Qatar is really important. You feel like you’ve got the nation behind your back and it really helps to give you a mental push,” he added.

In other events Qatar’s Equestrian show jumping team cruised to the third round of the contest jumping championships in Olympic Games Rio 2016 Games .
Sheikh Ali bin Khalid Al Thani, Ali Al Rumaihi and Hassan Bassem qualified for the third round of the competition (singles) after they made a fantastic level of performance to take their place with the Show Jumping World Champions to continue competition tomorrow, Wednesday.

The handball team will face Germany in quarterfinal tonight. They are strong contenders for a medal.

The Peninsula/Agencies