Mutaz Barshim Bio: Childhood, Olympics & Net Worth

“Until the age of seventeen, I was always the worst. There were many people in my group doing it, and they were much better than me. So I never felt like I was someone special.”- Mutaz Essa Barshim.

Mutaz Essa Barshim, the world high jump champion, is one of the international stars competing for the Tokyo 2020 Athletics test event. 

The Qatari track and field athlete holds the national record and Asian record with the best 2.43m. 

He also is the gold medal holder of the 2017 and 2019 World Championships held in London and Dohan. 

Barshim showed notable performance in the 2012 Summer Olympics, earning him a bronze medal.

Similarly, he also won a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, which took place in Rio. 

The high jump champion, Mutaz Essa Barshim.
The high jump champion, Mutaz Essa Barshim.

With such outstanding records and performances, the high jump champion is ready to take the 2021 Olympics by storm. 

For someone who thought the worst of himself at a young age, Mutaz Barshim seems to break through his assumptions and make the best out of his career.

Before beginning with his career journey, here are some interesting quick facts.

Mutaz Essa Barshim: Quick Facts

Full nameMutaz Essa Barshim (معتز عيسى برشم)
NicknameMutaz Barshim 
Birthdate24 June 1991 
BirthplaceDohan, Qatar
ReligionNot Mentioned 
Age31 years old
Father’s nameEssa Mohamed Barshim 
Mother’s nameNot Mentioned 
SiblingSix siblings (five brothers and one sister)
Sibling Name Muamer Aissa Barshim, Muammar Barshim 
High School Arabic School, Doha 
CollegeNot mentioned 
Marital status Unknown 
Children’s Name None 
HeightIn meters: 189 cm 
In feet: 6 ft 2 inches
WeightIn kg:65 kg
In lbs: 143 lbs
Eye ColorBlack 
Hair ColorBlack 
Hair Length Near-shaved Hair
Beard or MustacheBeardless
Body typeAthletic 
Event High Jump 
National Team Canada
Personal Bests Outdoor: 2.43 m (2014)
Indoor: 2.41m (2015)
SalaryNot mentioned 
Net worth1-5 million dollars
Food Habits Unknown 
Tattoo Unknown 
Hobbies Unknown 
World Ranking PositionsMen’s high jump: 3rd
Men’s Overall Ranking: 71st
MedalsGolden Medal: 13
Silver Medal: 3
Bronze Medal: 3
Social Media Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube
Merch Tokyo 2020 Olympics Apparel
Last UpdateNovember, 2022

Mutaz Barshim: Early Life & Childhood

Mutaz Barshim was born on 24th June 1991 to a Sudanese family in Doha, Qatar.

His family consisted of five brothers along with one sister with his father, Essa Mohammed Barshim.

Similar to Mutza’s interest, his father was an athlete who was a middle-distance and long-distance runner. 

Their father influenced the Barshim children’s involvement in Track and Field activities. Murtaza’s father became the coach at a local club after retiring from the competition. 

One of his brothers, Muamer Aissa Barsham, is also a high jumper. 

Barshim tried to participate in running and long jumping during his youth, and he attended an Arabic school in Doha, where he learned English. 

At 15, he began his glorious journey in the high jump and began training at the Aspire Academy in Doha. 

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Career Journey

Early Career

In 2010, Mutaz Barshim experienced his first international success in Gothenburg. He set an indoor Qatari record in early February with a jump of 2.25 m. 

He opened the door to his glory with such a record and was met with success in the 2010 Asian Indoor Athletics Championship. In the championship, he earned the gold medal with a clearance of 2.20 m.

Similarly, Mutaz Barshim represented Qatar in the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championship. There, he was in fourteenth place with a record of 2.23m.

Furthermore, he became the first-ever graduate of the ASPIRE Academy to compete in the World Championships. Mutar also holds the national record in an Olympic sport with such a track record. 

He won the Arab Athletics Championships for Junior with an outdoor best record of 2.23 m in May 2010.

Likewise, Barshim also secured the continental junior title at the 2010 Asian Junior. His record of 2.31 m was considered a national record and a world-leading mark for junior athletes.

Barshim can earn such achievements at a young age with his technique of jumping off the left foot. He uses the Fosbury Flop along with a pronounced backward arch over the bar. 

2012 Olympic Games 

During the Asian Athletics Championships in Kobe, Mutar Barshim won the gold medal after clearing a height of 2.35m. Additionally, his result set a new national and championship record. 

His continuation with good form and performance led him to win a gold medal at the Military World Games in Rio de Janerio. 

Likewise, in the Gulf Championships and the Arab Championships, he became the high-jump champion. 

After such achievements, he went forward to win another international gold medal in the 2011 Pan Arab Games held in Dubai. 

Mutaz Barshim established a new personal best and national record of 2.37 m in China’s 2012 Indoor Asian Championships. It was considered at the highest indoor jump in the world as of 2012.

Mutaz Barshim with a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics
Mutaz Barshim with a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics.

In the 2012 London Olympic Games, Mutaz Barshim earned the bronze medal with a 2.29 jump. Later, he revealed that he was suffering from a back injury in early 2012. 

The 2013 Season Championships 

Barshim started his indoor 2013 seasons with participation in six European competitions, always performing a jump of 2.30 or better. 

He went to Banska Bystrica, Slovak Republic, to compete in the Europa SC High Jump competition. However, his aching back became a major drawback restricting his jump. 

Not wanting to put more pressure on his injury, he ended his indoor season on 6 February.

Mutaz Barshim clears a jump in the 2013 World Championships
Mutaz Barshim clears a jump in the 2013 World Championships.

With his appearance in the GCC Athletics Championships held in his hometown, he began his outdoor season journey on 10 April. 

Similarly, Mutaz Barshim set a new record to clear a 2.36 jump at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League Meet. 

During the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Athletics, he won a silver medal, making it his best result throughout the 2013 season. 

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The 2014 IAAF Championships 

Despite the chronic back pain at the beginning of the season, Barshim participated in the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Poland. 

During his first attempt, he cleared 7 consecutive heights in the finals and established a new Asian indoor record of a 2.38m jump.

After winning the gold medal in the championship, it marked his 3rd medal in the major competitions. 

After competing in various competitions and with different opponents, Mutaz Barshim won the medal at the 2014 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships held in Hanxou, China.

In the same year, the athlete also won the 2014 Asian Games held in Incheon, South Korea.

Recent Career 

Barshim participated in the 2015 IAAD Diamond League held in Eugene, Oregon, and won a gold medal. He again represented Qatar in the 2016 Olympic Games and earned the people’s hearts with a silver medal. 

In the same year, Barshim also won the IAAF Diamond League stops in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Birmingham. 

Later, in 2017 Brashim took part in the IAAF World Championships, winning the gold medal in his field. 

Mutaz Essa Barshaim in the 2019 season
Mutaz Essa Barshaim in the 2019 season.

In October 2019, Mutaz Brashim became the first man to defend the World high jump title with a jump of 2.3m in his home place, Doha.

World high jump champion Barshim among the field for Tokyo 2020 athletics test event

Mutzaz Barshim is among the international stars competing in the Ready Steady Tokyo meeting.

Finally, after two years, Brashim made his first appearance at the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting at the Tokyo Stadium. 
He competed with Japan’s three top high jumpers-Naoto Tobe, 2020 Tomohiro Shinno, and Takashi Eto. 

Mutaz Essa Barshim: Net Worth & Income 

 The 30-year-old Olympic champion Mutaz Barshim has a net worth of around $1- $5 million.

His income is the primary source of his income through his hard work and high jump career. 
The other sources of his income include earnings from his Yeezy sneakers and, in total, making one of the biggest celebrity cashouts in history.

Mutaz Barshim Relationships 

There is not much information about the Olympic Champion, Mutaz Barshim relationships. This gives us the idea that he keeps his personal and love life private.

Likewise, Barshim does not prefer to disclose information about his past relationships and ex-girlfriends as there is no such news. 

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Mutaz Barshim Social Media 

Mutaz Barshim is seen active on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram. With the Olympics near, he is seen to have a roaring amount of followers. 

One can follow him to know about his different activities and events on social media as he’s seen updating his followers about them.

Similarly, the high jump champion also has a youtube channel where he has uploaded two videos. However, Barshim has not uploaded them recently. 

Instagram: 117k followers with 729 followings

Twitter: 22.6k followers with 199 followings

Facebook: 66k Followers

Youtube: 440 subscribers 


What happened to Mutaz Essa Barshim in 2018?

The world champion high jumper, Mutaz Barshim, sat out the rest of the 2018 season due to an ankle injury.

During his game at the Gyulai Istvan Memorial meet in Hungary, the athlete injured his ankle while clearing a 2.40m high jump.

What is the rank of Mutaz Essa Barshim?

The Olympic champion Mutaz Essa Barshim is ranked on the list of most popular 125 High Jumper. 

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