Quote Of The Day
“Inspired by his father Essa Mohammed Barshim, who was a Gulf state champion and Arab Championship silver medallist race walker, Mutaz Essa Barshim also began as a race walker, not that he enjoyed that much, becoming a distance runner soon after, a move perhaps caused by boredom? ‘Yeah I think so,’ he smiles, ‘because back then it wasn’t fun for me as a child and I was like “no that’s not the thing for me” … I wanted to do something that was more fun … when I was in a sports club and I saw people training for high jump, I thought “that looks more fun than running.” That’s why I started long jump, high jump and triple jump.'”
– Excerpt from Athletics Weekly profile by Alex Mills of Qatar high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim, talking about Barshim’s transition from racewalker to distance runner to high jumper.