Born in Doha, Qatar, Mutaz Barshim was destined to become a star athlete growing up in a family that was filled with athletics fans and were all active in the sport. Barshim began training and learning about the sport through his father, since he would go with him to the club to train. He attended an Arabic School in Doha where he learned to speak English.
In the beginning of his training in track & field, Barshim traveled in his father’s footsteps as a competitive race-walker. He also competed as an endurance runner as well as long jump, but at the age of 15 he switched to high jump and quickly excelled. Mutaz trained at the ASPIRE Academy for Sports Excellence up until completing his training in 2009 when he started working with his current coach, Stanislaw Szczybra.
Mutaz’s first international success came early in 2010 when he set an indoor Qatari record with a jump of 2.25m. Later that year, Mutaz went on to win a gold medal at the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships and became the World Junior Champion. Wrapping up a successful year in 2010, Barshim became the first graduate of the ASPIRE Academy to compete at the world championship level and hold the national record in an Olympic sport.
Following a successful 2010 season, Mutaz continued to shine throughout 2011 claiming the Asian Athletics Champion, Military World Games Champion, Arab Championships Champion and the Pan Arab Games Champion. Finishing out 2011, Barshim competed at the World Championships and finished 7th overall.
In 2012, Mutaz started the season as the Asian Indoor Championships Champion, establishing a new personal best as well as a national record of 2.37m. Barshim continued to the World Indoor Championships, but fell short due to a back injury. In the summer of 2012, Barshim claimed the Olympic Bronze Medal in the high jump making him one of the first Qatar athletes to win a medal at the Olympic Games.
In 2013, Mutaz rose to the top, once again. In Eugene, Oregon, Barshim cleared 2.40m setting an Asian Record and becoming only the 8th man in history to clear that height outdoors and the first since 2000. Barshim continued his successes at the World Championships in Moscow, Russia, when he won the silver medal.
Mutaz means “pride” in Arabic, which is his native tongue. Mutaz has upheld his name, now being the pride of his country with a stacked portfolio of high jump titles accumulated in such little time. Mutaz has set his sights on continuing to train and improve to be the best he can be for both himself and his country in the upcoming season.
2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, 2012 World Indoor Championships Finalist, 2011 Asian Athletics Champion, 2011 Asian Indoor Champion, 2011 World Championships 7th place, 2010 World Junior Champion, 2013 World Championships Silver MedalistMutaz's website »