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This off-track feat was perhaps the best of the IAAF World Championships

Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim hurdles the high jump bar and clears nearly two metres during the event's warmup at the IAAF World Championships

Mutaz Essa Barshim

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Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim had perhaps the performance of the 2017 IAAF World Championships. The type of feat where you replay the clip over and over again.

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And it didn’t even come during the competition itself. The Qatari high jumper was warming up for the men’s final on Sunday in London and instead of performing the classic head-first “Fosbury Flop,” he scissored, or hurdled in other terms, the high jump bar. The clearance was an estimated 1.94m, according to NBC Sports, taller than Barshim himself, who stands 1.89m. (Barshim cleared, in feet, about 6-4.) He was still wearing his warmup apparel too.

Remarkably, the warmup height was relatively low for Barshim. In 2014, a video shows him clearing 2.15m in the same manner.


The 26-year-old went on to win the men’s high jump competition clearing 2.35m without a miss. Canadian Derek Drouin, the defending world champion, did not compete because of an Achilles injury.


And in case you’re interested, this is what his gold-medal winning jump looked like.