Doha: Mutaz Essa Barsim, who qualified on Friday, is one step closer to winning three consecutive gold medals at the ongoing World Athletics Championships (Oregon 22).
The 31-year-old Katari High Jump icon will appear on stage alongside Italy’s Jean Marco Tamberi (who shared the Olympic gold medal last year in Tokyo) and the emerging South Korean Usanhyuk in today’s Hayward Field finals. .. , Aiming to be the first high jump athlete to defend his third world title.
“Imagine the first and only thing in history. It’s a highlight because we did it before. It was the second victory (Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium), and this time history again. It may be time to become the only person to win the championship three times in a row!
“I just want to go there and fight. I want to go there to perform and do my best,” said Versim when asked about his plans shortly before the Oregon 22 show. It was a time.
Barsim’s first World Championship gold medal was held in London in 2017. He also won the World Silver Medal in Moscow in 2013.
At the Olympics, in addition to the 2022 Tokyo gold, Balsim won two silver medals in 2016 (Rio) and 2012 (London). The 6’2 “star also has two Asian Games gold medals in his name, winning in Guangzhou in 2010 and Incheon in 2014.
The new highs are probably the ones that continue to drive Versim for excellence. It is his patience that he overcame serious injuries in 2019.
“I was training, but I didn’t set any tournament goals. I remember being a defending champion after returning from a home championship injury in Doha. He sent me an article saying that the high jump, which won the tournament twice in a row, was unprecedented and memorable, “he recalled.
In Doha, Barsim surprised a world-jumping home crowd leading 2.37 meters as a champion.
He is as determined to beckon with another career milestone as before. This is a gold medal hat-trick at the historic world championships.
“It’s important to me because it’s a world championship. It comes with stats to determine who’s the best. It doesn’t matter how you’re jumping throughout the season, but now it’s important,” Versim emphasizes. did.
If the qualifying round shows how many Balsims are in the zone, Qatar athletes seem to be on track. He sailed well over 2.28m on his first attempt to get among the 13 high jumpers who reached the final round.
Barsim had been training in Los Angeles for the past few weeks prior to Oregon 22. “While I was preparing, I was in Los Angeles with my family for almost three weeks. Some of my training was at the Red Bull Athletes Performance Center and was the last preparation before heading to Eugene. It rocked me, “he explained.
Balsim was an icon. Over the years, athletics stars have evolved and feel that pressure is increasing on all achievements. In the limelight, Barsim went beyond his comfort zone and built his identity as a champion.
“It changed everything around me. I’m still the same person. But of course it’s much harder to do what I want to do. There’s a lot of attention and media and people role model you. I think it’s part of being a professional athlete. The better you get, the more pressure you put on you. It’s a kind of pressure that takes you to the next level. It’s time to think about it. I’ve won gold medals in every major championship. What’s next? “