Qatar’s Barshim in final after qualifying thriller

Leap of faith: Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim in action at the World Championships in Beijing yesterday.

With four former winners of this title plus the London 2012 Olympic Games champion, and a clutch of men who have also snared global medals, all lined up to compete in a top quality qualification session this was always going to make for compelling viewing yesterday morning and so it proved.

Throw in too, the odd question mark about the form and fitness of Ukraine’s defending champion Bohdan Bondarenko and Qatar’s 2015 world leader and 2014 world indoor champion Mutaz Essa Barshim and this was one qualifier not to be missed.

With a total of 41 men split across two pools, the session proved a war of attrition, but Barshim, who has recently suffered a dip in form, and Bondarenko, in his first competition since 25 June following foot and back injuries, both answered any doubts by banking the automatic qualification standard of 2.31m with first time clearances.
 
 
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Source News: Gulf Times