Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim, 30, and the 29-year-old Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi. Finished with jumps of 2.37 meters and had no failed attempts. Until they attempted to clear 2.39.
Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim included Olympic gold. To his list of honors in the men’s tall jump in Tokyo on Sunday. And convinced organizers to let him share it with his friend and match. Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi.
Both Barshim, 30, and the 29-year-old Tamberi ended with jumps of 2.37 meters. And had no fizzled attempts until they endeavored to clear 2.39. After three disappointments each at that height. Then an Olympic official first advertised them a jump-off to decide the victory.
Mutaz Essa Barshim
“Can we have two golds?”, Barshim asked him.
The official gestured, and the two athletes. Also, clasped hands and whooped for delight.
“I look at him, he looks at me, and we know it. We just look at each other and we know, that is it, it is done. There is no need,” Barshim said.
“He is one of my best companions, not only on the track but outside the track. We work together. Typically dream comes true. It is the true spirit, the sportsman’s soul. And we are here delivering this message.”
It was also a win-win circumstance for the Italians. He broke his lower leg days before the Rio Games in 2016.
“After my injuries, I just needed to come back. But at present, I have this gold, it’s mind-blowing,” he said. “I dreamed of this so many times.
“I was told in 2016 just before Rio there was a chance. I wouldn’t be able to compete anymore. It’s been a long trip.”
Maksim Nedasekau of Belarus, who too cleared 2.37. Took the bronze on countback. Barshim won bronze, afterward updated to silver. At the London 2012 Games. He picked up another silver in Rio four years ago. And then won two progressive world titles in 2017 and 2019.
In a high-level competition. South Korean Charm Sang-hyeok and Australian Brandon Starc, the younger brother of cricketer. While Mitchell, both cleared 2.35 to finish fourth and fifth. Live TV
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