Qatar Olympic medalist Mutaz Barshim has been nominated for the male world athlete by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
The IAAF has listed Qatar’s very own Olympic champion Mutaz Barshim among 10 men shortlisted for the 2017 World Athlete of the Year. With voting ongoing until October 16, the winner will be announced at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2017 in Monaco on Friday, November 24.
— IAAF (@iaaforg) October 3, 2017
Coming from an athletic family, Barshim has been putting Qatar on the world map of sport since he was a young man. While he is known from more recent achievements, such as winning a gold medal at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics, a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Barshim has been bringing home medals and records since 2010.
At the age of 19, Barshim achieved his first international successes in at the 2010 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, bringing back a gold medal for a clearance of 2.20 meters. Earlier same year, he had set the indoor Qatari high jump record in Gothenburg, Sweden, with a 2.25 meter jump.
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After winning the silver medal at the Rio Olympics last year, Mutaz went on to have a perfect season and remained undefeated through all 11 competitions he participated in this year.
A win for Mutaz Barshim is not only a win for Qatar, but a win for the entire GCC and Arab world. Here’s how you can show your support, vote, and help him win the title of World Athlete of the Year 2017.
How to vote:
While IAAF are conducting their own vote, people from around the world can vote in two ways.
Vote through Facebook by liking the following post:
Or through Twitter, by hearting the following post:
— IAAF (@iaaforg) October 5, 2017
Either way, remember to share so that your friends could also vote and help Mutaz Barshim get recognized as the greatest athlete of the year.