Doha: Qatar’s star high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim started his 2018 campaign in customary fashion, with another gold, this time at the 8th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Tehran, Iran, on Thursday.
World champion Mutaz’s effort of 2.38 made sure he was in a class of his own. Iran’s Keivan Ghanbarzadeh took silver with an effort of 2.15 while Hamdi Alamine, also of Qatar, had to settle for bronze on countback.
Mutaz, who had a stupendous 2017 during which he remained unbeaten in 11 competitions and also won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award, would be delighted with his start to 2018, especially as he is looking to break the world mark of 2.45M set by legendary Cuban Javier Sotomayor.
Qatar also took a silver on Thursday as Yaser Salem Bagharab clocked 8:38.02 in 3000M to finish behind Hossein Keihani (8:37.68). Homayoon Hemmati, also of Iran, finished third in 8:38.97.
Earlier, Femi Seun Ogunode was less than impressive in 60M, finishing third in heats (6.75) but still managed to progress.