Mutaz Essa Barshim to spearhead Qatar’s challenge at Budapest Worlds

Mutaz Essa Barshim to spearhead Qatar’s challenge at Budapest Worlds

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By QLNews

Triple world champion Mutaz Essa Barshim, who famously shared his 2020 Tokyo Olympics gold medal with Italian Gianmarco Tamberi, will lead Qatar’s challenge at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

He will be joined by two team-mates — 400M hurdler Bassem Hemeida and discus thrower Moaaz Mohamed — for the August 19 to 27 competition at the newly-built National Athletics Centre.

Mutaz, who won an unprecedented three World Championship titles in back-to-back fashion — at 2017 London, 2019 Doha and 2022 Eugene — will once again be a frontrunner in his event.

The 32-year-old started his season well, jumping an impressive 2.36M at the Silesia Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Diamond League meet in Chorzow, Poland, last month.

He followed it up with a 2.33M second-place finish at the London Diamond League and is currently in good form.

Barshim, as always, will have one eye on the world record of 2.45M, set by Cuban Javier Sotomayor in 1993. He came close to breaking it in 2014 in Brussels, but injured himself while attempting a 2.46M clearance.

Meanwhile, Hemeida will try to leave his mark on the world stage in the absence of compatriot and 400M hurdles specialist Abderrahman Samba, who has been out for long with an injury.

Hemeida recently ran his personal best time of 48.64sec to win gold at the Asian Athletics Championships in Supachalasai National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand. It is the 30th best performance in the world this year.

Moaaz Mohamed, a former U-20 World and Asian champion, has a personal best throw of 62.48M.

The Qatar contingent, sponsored by Seashore Group and PUMA, will be led by Qatar Athletics Federation President Mohamed Issa Al Fadala, Secretary General Issa Abdullah Al Harami, Talal Mansour, Khalifa Abdul Malik and Khaled Al Marri.

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