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Barshim wins first silver Olympic medal in Qatar's history

Ahram Online , Reuters , Wednesday 17 Aug 2016
Mutaz Essa Barshim
Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim competes in the Men's High Jump Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016. (AFP)
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Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim claimed silver in the men's high jump on Tuesday, narrowly missing out on his country's first Olympic gold.

After tough competion with Canadian Derek Drouin during several jumps, the 25-year-old Qatari lost the gold after failing to clear 2.38m three times.

Bogdan Bondarenko of Ukraine landed bronze.

Derek Drouin
Derek Drouin (AFP)

Drouin, the reigning world champion and one of three bronze medalists in the event at London 2012, jumped with a clean slate throughout the competition, only falling short of the mark at 2.40 meters having already cinched the gold.

Bondarenko played a tactical game, passing on two of his first four jumps, but was ultimately unable to clear 2.38m to snatch the silver from Barshim.

Russia's Ivan Ukhov was unable to defend his Olympic title after he and other Russian athletes were barred from the Games following revelations of state-backed doping in the country.

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