Qatar's Mutaz Barshim wins Olympic silver
"You've got to be a bit crazy to be a high-jumper. Fearless" - that's what Mutaz Barshim told Esquire before he set foot of a plane to this summer's Rio Olympics. And fearless is exactly what the young Qatari althlete was last night when he soared to win the silver medal in the high-jump.
The competition was fierce with Barshim, the sport's world leading athlete this year, in the medal mix having cleared every height until he was unable to clear 2.38m in three attempts, losing out to Canadian world champion Derek Drouin.
Undoubtably left a little disappointed, as Barshim has previously jumped 2.43m, it was a day of celebration as the jumper not only upgraded from his bronze medal in London four years ago, but also secured the first ever Olympic silver medal in Qatar's history.