Tokyo: Qatar’s high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim won the gold medal of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with an effort of 2.37M at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.
The two-time world champion shared the top spot with Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi after the duo decided not to go for a tie-breaking jump-off.
After his bronze medal at London 2012 Olympics and the silver medal of Rio 2016 Olympics, Barshim has finally added the Olympic gold medal to his haul.
It's the second gold medal for Qatar in as many days following the success of weightlifter Fares Ibrahim on Saturday.
"It is amazing, this is a dream I don't want to wake up from,” said Barshim, who competed just four times this season with just a modest 2.30m season’s best to his credit. "I have been through a lot. It's been five years that I have been waiting, with injuries and a lot of setbacks. But we are here today sharing this moment and all the sacrifices. It's really worth it now in this moment.”
In a post-event statement on Sunday, H.E. Dr Thani bin Abdulrahman Al Kuwari, Second Vice- President of the QOC and President of the Qatar Athletics Federation congratulated HH the Amir, HH the Father Amir , the QOC President H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani and the Qatari people on the historic achievement made by superstar Mutaz Essa Barshim, who claimed the gold medal in the Men’s high jump at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Likewise, the QOC Secretary General H.E. Jassim bin Rashid Al Buenain congratulated the HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the QOC President H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani , the Qatar athletics federation family and the Qatari people on the historic achievement done by Qatar’s superstar Mutaz Essa Barshim at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Sunday.
“This glorious victory is an outcome of a hard work and a big effort being performed by our superstar for long years ago” said the QOC Secretary General.