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22 Jul 2019, General

London, 22 July 2019. High jump world champion and Aspire Academy graduate Mutaz Essa Barshim made a fantastic return to Diamond League action in London yesterday. The 28-year-old finished second with a 2.27m jump, while Syrian Majd Eddin Ghazal took his first Diamond League victory with a 2.30m effort.

Mutaz, 2017 IAAF Athlete of the Year, returned to training in April this year and has now breached the 2.27m mark twice since returning to competitive action last month in Sopot, Poland. The Qatari, who suffered a ligament injury in his left ankle last year in Hungary while attempting a world record height of 2.46m after clearing 2.40m for a win, is aiming to peak at the right time for the IAAF World Championships Doha 2019, which will be held at Khalifa International Stadium in the Qatari capital in September.

“I feel great especially coming back to London. I have so many great memories of being here. I wanted to do better of course but I have things I can work on and I just need to compete more. High jump is very technical and you need time to get back into your rhythm but I am in the right place, I did not feel any pain today which is a good thing and I just need to compete more,” Mutaz said after the competition.

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