2019 World Athletics Championships – Men's high jump

Men's high jump
at the 2019 World Championships
VenueKhalifa International Stadium
Dates1 October (qualification)
4 October (final)
Competitors31 from 21 nations
Winning height2.37
gold medal 
silver medal 
bronze medal 
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The men's high jump at the 2019 World Athletics Championships was held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha from 1 to 4 October.[1]


When Qatari officials put together the bid to host these championships, Doha born Mutaz Essa Barshim was a 23 year old already with a World Junior Championship, Olympic bronze and World Championship silver to his name. Qatari officials could see the potential. This was the day they were waiting for, when a now 28 year old was jumping at home. Now there was a bonus, he was defending champion.

The finals pared down to 7 over 2.30m. At 2.33m, Mikhail Akimenko got over on his first attempt to maintain a clean round and Maksim Nedasekau also was over on his first attempt. Shudder, Barshim, who had a clean series going so far, missed along with five others (veteran Gianmarco Tamberi saved attempts after missing 2.30m once). On the second attempt, everyone missed again. Tamberi eliminated, that trend started the third round of attempts as Luis Zayas and Michael Mason missed and were eliminated. Then it was Barshim's last attempt. He got over it and sighs of relief could be heard all over Qatar. Next up, Brandon Starc missed, then Ilya Ivanyuk also made it to leave four over 2.33m, with Akimenko holding the advantage.

Moving up to 2.35m, Nedasekau missed, then Barshim, Akimenko and Ivanyuk all made it on their first attempts. Akimenko still had a clean series. With three earlier misses, vs two each for Barshim and Ivanyuk, Nedasekau could see he was off the podium and passed. At 2.37 m (7 ft 9 14 in), Nedasekau missed. Next up, on his first attempt, Barshim made it. Now the pressure was on everyone else and nobody else was able to clear the height. Qatar was in celebration. Their home town hero had won the World Championships at home.

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