Mutaz Essa Barshim topped a world-leading 2.38m in the high jump to highlight the opening day of the 8th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Tehran.
After opening at 2.15m, Barshim topped 2.20m to wrap up the competition before forging on with another first attempt clearance at 2.23m. Continuing what turned out to be an exhibition, he had the bar raised to 2.30m, a height which required a second try before he sailed clear.
He then added first attempt clearances at 2.33m, 2.36m and 2.38m before bowing out with three tries at 2.40m. All things considered, the 2017 World athlete of the year was pleased.
"It was my first competition and I didn't know what to expect," Barshim said speaking to the IAAF. "I just said 'I'm jumping, let's see what's going to happen’. So I'm really happy. It's my best opening ever, a championship record and a world lead. I can't complain."