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Mutaz Essa Barshim victorious at the Asian Games

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Going into the 2014 Asian Games, high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim would have been one of the biggest shoe-ins for a gold medal and, perhaps, an attempt at a world record.

When the final of the competition took place on the third day of the Games, there was no doubting his class in the field as he eased to victory with an unblemished scorecard all the way up to the winning height of 2.35 metres.

Although it was enough to take the win, and the title, many expected Barshim to once again attempt to break Javier Sotomayor's 21-year-old record of 2.45m.

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Tiredness

In what was the Qatari athlete's 15th, and most likely, last meet of the season, though, the 23-year-old didn't even attempt to surpass his own Asian record, only upping the bar to 2.40m before two failures saw him call it a day.

Nonetheless, the title was the final seal on what has been a very good year for the jumper. After starting the season with the gold medal at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, Barshim was then part of a scintillating high jump campaign in the Diamond League which saw him eventually take the overall race crown.

He also increased his personal best to 2.43m - the second highest jump of all-time, and even came close to beating Sotomayor on two occasions.

Family joy

Barshim's gold medal wasn't the only success for the family on day three of competition, however, with younger brother Muamer taking the bronze in the same event.

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