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Even Fellow Competitors Go Nuts For World Leading Jump At Birmingham Diamond League

Even Fellow Competitors Go Nuts For World Leading Jump At Birmingham Diamond League

Mutaz Barshim won the high jump at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham on Sunday a week after claiming gold at the World Championships in London.

The Qatari cleared 2.35m to win in London. In Birmingham, he went 5cm better to break his own meeting record and set a world leading mark of 2.40cm.

Barshim's competition was not without problems. The 26-year-old went clear with his first three attempts but then failed twice at 2.31m before going clear with his third effort. He then cleared both 2.33m and 2.35m at the first attempt before failing twice at 2.39m.

Barshim then asked that the bar be raised to 2.40m. It was a height he cleared with ease.

Even his fellow competitors were delighted.

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Barshim - who took the bar home with him - has now cleared 2.40m for the last five seasons.

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