Athletics is rarely more poetic than it was in Tokyo on Sunday night, when Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi agreed to share the Olympic high jump gold medal.
The finest high jump duel in Olympic history ended with Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi both getting gold.
Mutaz Barshim, Mondo Duplantis and Jakob Ingebrigtsen will be among the athletes in Athletissima action when the Wanda Diamond League makes its 10th stop of the season in Lausanne on 26 August.
While the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Doha on Friday (28) is an important step for many athletes on the road to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, for Mutaz Barshim it also represents a key milestone in his career.
Double world champion Sifan Hassan and Olympic gold medallist Faith Kipyegon will go head-to-head over 1500m at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea, a Wanda Diamond League meeting, on 10 June.
Competing in the stadium which will host Olympic athletics action this summer, Kazuki Kurokawa and Ryuji Miura were among the athletes to rise to the occasion at the Ready Steady Tokyo meeting, part of the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold series, on Sunday (9).
World high jump champion Mutaz Barshim will make his first appearance outside of his home country for two years at the Ready Steady Tokyo meeting, part of the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold series, in the Japanese capital on Sunday (9).
World high jump champion Mutaz Barshim will open his season on home soil at the Doha Diamond League on 16-17 April, the first meeting of the 2020 Wanda Diamond League.
One characteristic of champions is that they often find a way to win, even when they shouldn’t. Goals against the run of play, the passing shot at full stretch on match point, willing oneself across the line or over the bar.
Not too many people get the chance to be crowned a world champion in front of their friends and family in their home city, and even fewer deliver; but Mutaz Barshim – Doha born and bred – added his name to that small list when he flew over 2.37m to take the high jump gold.
One year ago, Mutaz Barshim was flying high. Very high.
Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim and Abderrahman Samba have donated kit to the IAAF Heritage Collection which will be on display at the IAAF Heritage World Athletics Championships Exhibition which opens in City Center Doha shopping mall in one week’s time.