Qatari, Italian High Jumpers Share Olympic Gold

Qatari Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italian Gianmarco Tamberi agreed to share the Olympic gold in the men’s high jump final on Aug. 1, marking the first joint Olympic podium in the athletics since 1912.

Both Barshim and Tamberi finished the two-hour final with jumps of 2.37 meters with no failed attempts.

After Barshim and Tamberi failed to try to clear the Olympic record of 2.39 meters for the sole possession of the title, Barshim asked the official if they could share the gold instead.

The official agreed as it was within the rules to either hold another jump-off or share the gold.

“He is one of my best friends, not only on the track, but outside the track. We work together. This is a dream come true. It is the true spirit, the sportsman spirit, and we are here delivering this message,” Barshim said.

“After my injuries, I just wanted to come back, but now I have this gold. It’s incredible,” Tamberi said.

The gold medal marks Qatar’s second-ever after weightlifter Fares Elbakh won the first last July 31 in the men’s 96-kilogram event.

Belarusian Maksim Nedasekau won the bronze after also finishing with a jump of 2.37 meters, but with more failed attempts.


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