Mutaz Barshim wins first silver Olympic medal for Qatar

Barshim won the first silver medal for Qatar in its Olympic Games history after winning four bronze medals since it began participating. (Reuters)

Mutaz Barshim has made an unprecedented achievement for Qatar by winning the silver medal in the high jump competition in the Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Barshim successfully cleared 2.36m to take second place early Wednesday morning.

This is the first silver medal for Qatar in its Olympic Games history after winning four bronze medals since it began participating.

Barshim previously took bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Canada's Derek Drouin beat a quality field to add the Olympic high jump crown to his world title after a cliff-hanger of a final.

Drouin cleared 2.38 metres in Tuesday's competition, edging Barshim into the silver medal spot to become Canada's first Olympic high jump champion since 1932.

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