Highlights of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019

Sheikh Joaan Crowned Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim with High Jump Gold

President of the Qatar Olympic Committee and Chairman of the Supreme Organizing Committee of the IAAF World Athletics Championship Doha 2019 HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani crowned Qatar’s international and Olympic champion Mutaz Barshim with the gold medal of the high jump competition yesterday, in the penultimate day of the championship.

Mutaz Barshim – معتز_برشم

Bersham yesterday retained his title as world champion in the high jump which he achieved at the world championships in London in 2017 to become the undisputed champion after jumping 2.37 meters in the first attempt.

Mutaz Barshim beat the Russians Mikhail Akimenko (2.35 m) and Ilya Ivanyuk (2.35 m by attempt), who competed under a neutral flag due to the suspension of the Russian Athletics Federation.

Barshim’s gold medal is the second medal for the Qatari team after Abdulrahman Samba’s bronze medal in the 400 meters hurdles.

Dutch Sifan Hassan Wins Women’s 1,500m

he Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan won the 1,500 meters on Saturday in the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, at the Khalifa International Stadium.

The 26-year-old Dutch runner won the race in 3 min 51.95 sec to capture the gold medal.

Faith Kipyegon of Kenya won the silver, while Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay clamed the bronze.

This was Hassan’s second gold medal in the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, after winning the 1,000 meters.

Qatar’s Ashraf El Seify Hopes for More Achievements in Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Qatar’s Ashraf El Seify, who participated in the Men’s Hammer of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, hopes to achieve a top place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

El Seify told Qatar News Agency (QNA) today that the World Athletics Championships was very strong during which he competed with the best 12 athletes in the world.

El Seify expressed his satisfaction with his achievement today, adding that the mark achieved today was good and everything was good. He expressed his happiness at finishing in ninth place, while hoping to achieve the best in the future.

He pointed out that he had a back injury this year, which caused a little disruption to him, saying that his best personal record is 78m, while terming the mark of 75.41 meters achieved today as not bad.

The Qatari champion said that his next preparations will be in camps in Doha in winter and in Europe in summer with his Finnish coach.


Qatar’s Ashraf El Seify, who participated in the Men’s Hammer of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, hopes to achieve a top place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

El Seify told Qatar News Agency (QNA) today that the World Athletics Championships was very strong during which he competed with the best 12 athletes in the world.

El Seify expressed his satisfaction with his achievement today, adding that the mark achieved today was good and everything was good. He expressed his happiness at finishing in ninth place, while hoping to achieve the best in the future.

He pointed out that he had a back injury this year, which caused a little disruption to him, saying that his best personal record is 78m, while terming the mark of 75.41 meters achieved today as not bad.

The Qatari champion said that his next preparations will be in camps in Doha in winter and in Europe in summer with his Finnish coach.

US Athletes Reach Women’s 400mH Finals

The United States athletes reached the women’s 400m Hurdles finals after they dominated today in the semifinals at the World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, which is being hosted by Doha at Khalifa Stadium until October 6. The finals will be staged tomorrow (Thursday).

USA’s Sydney McLaughlin ran the fastest time in the three heats of women’s 400m Hurdles semifinals. The 2019 Diamond League trophy winner ran a very good race, easing past the finish and taking the win by some margin in a time of 53.81s.

World Record holder, Dalilah Muhammad dominated her own race, going through as the second fastest qualifier and winning the opening semifinal in 53.91s, while Ashley Spencer also made it through to the finals in 54.42s.

Other winners who qualified for the finals were Jamaican Rushelle Clayton, Canadian Sage Watson and Ukrainian Anna Ryzykhova, Czech Zuzana Hejnova and Swiss Lea Sprunger.

World Champions Show Their Class in Coaching Clinic at Doha College

Sporting students in Qatar have been given a golden touch to a training session with world champions visiting Doha College to offer advice and inspire the next generation of athletes in Doha.

The highly decorated team of former athletes who have collectively won nine World Championships medals, led a specialist coaching session for aspiring students with long jump World Record holder Mike Powell helping youngsters to recreate his record leap of 8.95metres.

The two-time World Championships gold medalist was joined by double-gold medalist Ashton Eaton, former high jump world champion Stefan Holm and heptathlon double-silver medalist Brianne Theisen- Eaton.

The four stars are visiting Qatar in ambassadorial roles for the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, where they are taking in the local culture and supporting the Championships which will see 24 more finals take place in the remaining four days of the competition.

Offering advice on technique, training methods and long term goals and vision, the athletes met pupils from both the primary and secondary school of Doha College, with Mike Powell commenting: “I coach college kids and I love it because these kids have dreams and they’re trusting me to help them accomplish their goals, so they’re making me part of their dream. I know how much my coaches affected me and how much I love them for what they helped me do. It great to be here and help give back the things that were given to me.

“I hope the kids here today can go home and tell their parents they’ve had fun. That’s the main thing but also that they want to work hard, but I hope they can go away and believe in themselves. Anything is possible.”

Tabatha aged 16 at Doha College took part in the coaching clinic, adding: “It was really exciting to see the athletes in school, where we come everyday. They gave us great advice such as how to deal with pressure and stress in sport. Having athletes from across the world here at Khalifa Stadium is great. I’ve seen the stadium grow and its amazing to have the competition here.

Jamaica’s Tajay Gayle Wins Long Jump

Jamaican Athlete Tajay Gayle on Saturday won gold medal of the Long Jump competition at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.

The 23 Jamaican launched out to a huge 8.69m in round four, securing the gold medal. The performance was a massive 37cm ahead of his pre-competition personal best.

Rio 2016 gold medalist USA’s Jeff Henderson won the silver medal after an 8.39m jump, while Cuban Juan Echevarria bagged the bronze for his 8.34m jump

Coleman Wins 100m Gold

Christian Coleman of the U.S. won the gold medal in the men’s 100m final in the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Coleman clocked 9.76 seconds to become the fastest man in the world and succeeds Jamaican legend Usain Bolt, who retired at the World Athletics Championships in London in 2017 and holds the most famous race record in the world of 9.58 seconds in the men’s 100m. Christian Coleman’s 9.76 makes him the sixth fastest man ever.

World champion Christian Coleman said, “World champion, it sounds incredible, too good to be true. For me to make it here and come out with a gold is incredible. I was just out of college two years ago and not many people expected me to win a silver. I expected to come out here and be great and upgrade my silver medal.

“It’s hard to compartmentalize and not think about Tokyo – that’s huge to go to an Olympics. I will be expected to go there and medal but the work doesn’t stop. Hopefully, I can make the team.”

Justin Gatlin of the U.S. came in second place with 9.89 seconds, followed by Andre De Grasse of Canada with 9.90 seconds.

Six Gold Medals to be Decided on Saturday

Six gold medals will be decided on Saturday, the second day of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, including those in the shortest and longest distances on the overall program.

The IAAF World Athletics Championship kicked off at Khalifa International Stadium and on Doha Corniche on Friday and will continue until October 6.

Traditionally, the 100m is a highlight, and the men’s title will be the final event at Khalifa International Stadium. Following that, the men’s and women’s 50km race walks will be decided on the Corniche.

There will also be heats of the first-ever mixed relay on a World Championships program – the 4x400m – leading to the final on day three.

Qatari athlete Awab Othman Baro will compete in the 100m race, while Abu Bakr Haidar will compete in the 800m race alongside teammate Jamal Hiran.

In the men’s 100m, world silver medalist Christian Coleman, the year’s fastest, will be hoping to move up a step this time around. Andre De Grasse, Akani Simbine, Hakim Sani Brown and Yohan Blake will be among many fancying their chances in a wide-open field, but first they must get through to semi-finals earlier in the evening.

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