It's great to see a strong rivalry in an event a little off the radar in track & field. Mutaz Esaa Barshim (QAT) and Bohdan Bondarenko (UKR) are by far the two best high jumpers this season, and have set up great anticipation for the next couple years. At the final Diamond League stop in Brussels this weekend, the two battled it out again, and both came tantalizing close to Javier Sotomayor's 1993 world record of 2.45 meters. Both made it to attempts at 2.46 meters, with Barshim coming closer in his three tries, after securing the win and the overall Diamond. I love it when old records are taken off the books, and I love it when there's a rivalry to push one athlete to the mark. And, luckily for fans, there seems to be a bevy of quality jumpers these handful of years eager to push these two and each other. Can't wait to see what develops, and to watch some riveting high jumps - something I rarely say.
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