Mutaz Barshim has always been into sports. He grew up in an extremely active family :
his father was an athlete and all his brothers practised sports regularly. As a child, his father used to take him to the local athletics club and he loved it. At around 11 years old, Mutaz started going to training by himself. Focusing on the high jump, Mutaz soon started to reach heights he never before thought possible… both figuratively and literally!
By the time he was 19, he had racked up a host of Junior Level titles, including four gold medals – one of which was at the World Championships – and earning the title of the 10th best Junior high jumper in history!
But it’s been in his adult career that Mutaz has really flourished. He’s the national record and Asian record holder with a best mark of 2.43m (the second-highest in history), he won bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and went one better at the Rio Olympics to take silver. He also brought home the gold after an imperious display at the 2017 World Championships in London, and again in Doha in 2019, when he became the first man to successfully defend the world high jump title.
He’s also had plenty of success in the IAAF Diamond League, with some of his most memorable wins coming in Shanghai and in front of his home fans in Doha. “Sport is everything for me,” says Mutaz. “It’s my lifestyle, my job, my fun and my health. When I jump, I feel amazing, like I’m flying!” Mutaz is proud to say that he’s doing what he loves the most, the best way he can and in the future he wishes to be a world record holder.
From the moment Barshim’s coach, Stanley Szczyrba, took him
under his wing in September 2009 to guide him into the league of world champions, he has devoted his heart, mind, and body to the world of sport.
Barshim immediately hit the ground running with an early breakout into international stardom at the young age of 19. He set Qatari records in Gothenburg, Sweden with a 2.25 m. jump in February 2010.
‘The Qatari Falcon’ is a nickname well-suited to high jumper Mutaz Barshim. The current world champion registered the second highest jump in history when he rose to 2m 43cm in 2014. Put simply, the man can fly.
Barshim’s accomplishments have quickly made him a poster boy of track and field, not just in his home country of Qatar, but across the whole athletic world. A Junior world champion in his teenage years, the Barshim has certainly lived up to his huge potential.
Barshim is making history with one soaring jump after another and clearly a lot has gone on behind the scenes to get this hugely talented athlete where he is today. That’s what we wanted to know more about so we asked him to take the Red Bull Wingfinder test.
The results revealed the four strongest personality traits that make up the Asian record holder. Here we ask him how those strengths created the athlete we see today.