Qatar's Mutaz Barshim equalled his world lead in the high jump with an impressive second attempt clearance at 2.40m at the Gyulai Memorial in Szekesfehervar in Hungary, but was then once again reminded of the challenges that lurk when he pushes his body to its absolute limits in any would-be world record attempts.
After Mutaz succeeded at 2.40m, he produced what was in all likelihood the finest jump of his career, a narrow miss at a world record height of 2.46m. Two more misses followed - neither as close as his initial attempt-- but he put a hush over the proceedings after his last, sustaining what appeared to be an ankle injury. The severity of the ailment isn't known at the moment, but in a message to IAAF.org Barshim confirmed he twisted his ankle.
"I think that’s my best attempt ever on 2.46m WR," Barshim wrote on his Instagram account. “Good competition but unfortunately ended up with an injury. I hope that’s not going to be so bad that’s all I can say for now. Will know more after the check up tomorrow and the doctor opinion.”
His appearance at Thursday's Dimaond League stop in Lausanne is a big doubt.
World indoor champion Danil Lysenko finished second on countback at 2.32m over Brandon Starc and Donald Thomas.