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Mutaz Barshim was at the center of one of the most memorable moments of the Tokyo Olympics and the high jumper will once again carry much of Qatar’s medal hopes at its fourth Summer Games in Paris on his slender shoulders.

The 32-year-old’s shared gold medal was not the only one taken by the Gulf State in Tokyo and Egyptian-born weightlifter Fares Ibrahim will also return to defend the middle-heavyweight title he won three years ago.

Sherif Younes and Ahmed Tejan, the beach volleyball duo who won bronze in Japan, are on course to qualify for Paris, but it is the athletics competition, and Barshim in particular, that will focus most Qatari eyes .

Barshim, a three-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist in London and Rio, recently said he does not display his impressive trophy collection for fear that complacency could weaken his competitive spirit.

“If you come to my house, you won’t see any medals. There are no medals, no trophies, nothing,” he told Eurosport.

“I hide everything because I don’t want to feel that satisfaction of having done so many things. Hopefully, one day, when I retire, I will take it all back, look at it and enjoy it. But for now, I want to do the most.

“I want to be mentioned as one of the greats of high jump. I want my name to be mentioned every time high jump is mentioned. I want to make it difficult for the person who comes after me to break my records.”

The biggest prize in Barshim’s collection is the gold he won alongside Italian Gianmarco Tamberi in Tokyo after they both cleared 2.37 meters and sensationally agreed with officials that there would be two champions.

“That will never happen again,” Barshim said. “It was a moment, and I think it was a historic moment, but it’s not going to happen again. Now we have to go and push the limit.”

Barshim has shown no signs of resting on his laurels even a decade after his 2.43m jump, which remains the second-highest jump in history.

He had the second-highest mark in the world last year (2.36) and finished second in both Diamond League high jump competitions this season.

“People always ask me, ‘How are you still doing?’ considering I won everything,” he said.

“For me, I look at the sport as if there’s just one goal that I’m aiming for. I want to be world champion, and then it’s done. No, I’ve achieved it. It’s good. What can I do?” Further? I want to win it twice, three times.

Qatar sent 15 athletes, including two women, to Tokyo and, with eight athletes already qualified, hopes to have a similarly sized delegation in Paris.

The other athletes already qualified are shooters Saeed Abu Shareb and Rashid Saleh Al-Athba and track athletes Abu Bakr Haider, Ismail Daoud, Bassem Hemeida and Abdulrahman Samba.