Doha: Qatar’s 2017 World Champion, Diamond League champion and World Athlete of the Year, Mutaz Barshim will be the top star at this year’s Doha Diamond League on May 4.
Mutaz will be joined by a host of Olympic and world champions for an unmissable evening of world-class athletics at the Qatar Sports Club.
Last year, he became the first high jumper since 2004 to be unbeaten for an entire season and the first athlete from the Middle East to win the coveted IAAF Athlete of the Year Award.
“I always love competing at home. Last year was an amazing season, but I know that I have more to give and I cannot wait for this year’s outdoor season to begin. My main aim is to win," said Mutaz.
But he will face stiff competition from 2017 world bronze medallist Majd Eddin Ghazal of Syria, fellow London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz of Great Britain, 2018 World Indoor bronze medallist Mateusz Przybylko of Germany, and 2014 World Indoor bronze medallist Andriy Protsenko of the Ukraine.
Mutaz was crowned Qatar’s greatest-ever athlete when he won Olympic silver at the 2016 Rio Games, adding to his London 2012 Olympic bronze and 2014 World Indoor title. He is the holder of the second highest jump in history after he cleared 2.43m in 2014 and came within 2cm of Javier Sotomayer’s longstanding world-record set in 1993.
He has now jumped over 2.40m for five consecutive seasons and will be looking to continue his dominant form this year.