Doha: Qatar’s high jump icon Mutaz Barsham, who ended the season on a high note by clearing 2.40M to win the High Jump Meeting at Eberstadt, Germany, on Sunday, said the world record is still possible.
“I don't want to put any limits on myself. I’m not in any rush. My coach Stanislaw Szczyrba tells me that I’m still young and I’m not yet at my peak,” he said in a statement on IAAF website.
“I’m still getting stronger mentally and physically. Injuries have slowed me down a bit, but I’m happy that I’m starting to build back from that and I’m now healthy,” the 26-year-old added.
Following his 11 wins from as many competitions in 2017, Barshim said, “The only target I have now is the world record.”
After an impressive year, and having produced eight of the 10 best jumps in the world this summer, the Qatari wants to focus on the IAAF 2019 World Championships here.
“I thought about it a couple of times after London. It’s always nice to jump on home soil. It’s going to be great. I just hope I’m going to be healthy and ready to fight,” he said.