Ostrava, Czech Republic: Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim flirted with danger for a while before delivering in style at the 57th edition of the Golden Spike, an IAAF World Challenge Meeting, in Ostrava, Czech Republic to continue his world domination in high jump.
At the Mestsky Stadium on Wednesday, Mutaz was under immense self-inflicted pressure when he missed 2.34m which was cleared by Danil Lysenko in his first attempt. Mutaz then passed to 2.36m, but missed again.
Lysenko, competing as an authorized neutral athlete, cleared the height on his second try, pushing Mutaz on to the edge as the bar was raised to 2.38m with just one jump left.
With the pressure mounting, Mutaz was confidence personified as he calmly made the crowd clap to his stride and sailed smoothly over the bar.
“I needed time to wake up,” said Mutaz. “I was down to one jump, and it was either win or lose. My coach said to jump 2.36m but I felt that I needed more pressure so went for 2.38m. And that woke me up.”
Syria’s Ghazal Majed El Dein finished a distant third with 2.25m.