Majd Eddin Ghazal

Majd Eddin Ghazal (Arabic: مجد الدين غزال‎; born 21 April 1987) is a Syrian high jumper.[1] He utilizes the Fosbury Flop style, jumping off his left leg. He was the national flag bearer at the 2012 Summer Olympics and at the 2016 Summer Olympics. In the Men's high jump event, he ranked 28th and did not advance to the final in 2012. He qualified for the finals and finished 7th in 2016.

Majd Eddin Ghazal
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Personal information
Born (1987-04-21) 21 April 1987 (age 32)
Damascus, Syria
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
Country Syria
Event(s)High jump


At the 2015 World Championships held in Beijing's Olympic Stadium, the Birds Nest, he leaped a national record 2.29m on his first attempt in qualifying on August 28, but a miss at an earlier height placed him 15th, with only the top 14 advancing to the finals. He ended his 2015 season on October 5, winning the Military World Games held in Mungyeong, South Korea, and setting a new Meet & National record of 2.31m (7' 7").

He then on 18 May 2016 while competing in an International World Challenge (IWC) meet in Beijing, China, won that competition and, in so doing, raised his Syrian national record 3 times en route to a world-leading jump of 2.36 meters (7' 8-3/4"). At the Bird’s Nest stadium, the 29-year-old Ghazal successively cleared 2.32m (first attempt), 2.34m and 2.36m (on second attempt each, adding three centimeters to the 2016 world lead.[2]

In 2017 he was one of five athletes training in Damascus. He trains with shot putter and discus thrower Hiba Omar.[3]

On 13 August 2017, Ghazal won the bronze medal at the World Championships in London, UK with a 2.29 m jump. It was Syria's second world medal in history, after Ghada Shouaa (gold in 1995 and bronze in 1999 competing in the heptathlon).

Competition recordEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   Syria
2007 Arab Championships Amman, Jordan 3rd 2.17 m
Asian Championships Amman, Jordan 14th 2.10 m
Pan Arab Games Cairo, Egypt 3rd 2.14 m
2008 Asian Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 2nd 2.21 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 24th (q) 2.20 m (=NR)
2009 Mediterranean Games Pescara, Italy 9th 2.15 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 28th (q) 2.15 m
Arab Championships Damascus, Syria 2nd 2.16 m
Asian Indoor Games Hanoi, Vietnam 2nd 2.22 m (iNR)
Asian Championships Guangzhou, China 8th 2.10 m
2010 Asian Games Guangzhou, China 13th (q) 2.10 m
2011 Asian Championships Kobe, Japan 2nd 2.28 m (NR)
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 23rd (q) 2.21 m
Arab Championships Al Ain, United Arab Emirates 2nd 2.22 m
2012 Asian Indoor Championships Hangzhou, China 3rd 2.24 m (iNR)
World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 12th (q) 2.26 m (iNR)
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 28th (q) 2.16 m
2013 Mediterranean Games Mersin, Turkey 8th 2.18 m
Asian Championships Pune, India 5th 2.21 m
World Championships Moscow, Russia 21st (q) 2.22 m
Islamic Solidarity Games Palembang, Indonesia 2nd 2.20 m
2014 Asian Indoor Championships Hangzhou, China 2nd 2.20 m
Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 6th 2.20 m
2015 Asian Championships Wuhan, China 7th 2.10 m
World Championships Beijing, China 15th (q) 2.29 m (NR)
Military World Games Mungyeong, South Korea 1st 2.31 m (NR)
2016 Asian Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 2nd 2.28 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 7th 2.29 m
2017 Islamic Solidarity Games Baku, Azerbaijan 1st 2.28 m
Asian Championships Bhubaneswar, India 3rd 2.24 m
World Championships London, United Kingdom 3rd 2.29 m
Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 1st 2.26 m
2018 Mediterranean Games Tarragona, Spain 1st 2.28 m
Asian Games Jakarta, Indonesia 3rd 2.24 m
2019 Asian Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 2.31 m
World Championships Doha, Qatar 25th (q) 2.17 m


  1. ^ "Majed Aldin Ghazal". Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  2. ^ "IAAF News".
  3. ^ "Cocktail of politics, sport - Bangalore Mirror -". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 2018-03-17.

External linksEdit

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Ahed Joughili
Flagbearer for   Syria
London 2012
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by