QATAR won 11 medals, including four gold, to finish third behind Kuwait and Bahrain at the GCC Championships in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, last week.
Olympic silver medallist Mutaz Essa Barshim won the high jump gold with an effort of 2.35M. It was his first competitive outing after a long break and the ace Qatari was delighted with it.
“Thank God for getting gold in my season opener. It’s a good way to start the year,” said Mutaz, whose personal best of 2.43M is the second best jump in history, behind Cuba’s Javier Sotomayor’s record of 2.45 set in 1992.
The 25-year-old, the country’s main medal hope at the IAAF World Championships to be held in London in August, remained upbeat about the season ahead.
“I’ve the Diamond League at home coming up in May and I just can’t wait for it to start,” Mutaz said.
Other Qatari gold medallists were Ashraf Amjad (hammer throw), Mabrouk Saleh (10km walk) and Ahmed Bedeer (javelin throw).