Tokyo 2020: Olympic gold medal shared by Mutaz Issa Barshim and Gianmarco Tampere | Olympic Games News

Qatar’s Mutaz Issa Barshim and Italy’s Gianmarco Tampere shared the Olympic gold medal in the men’s high jump in Tokyo on Sunday. “This is a dream come true,” Barshim said. “It is the true spirit and sportsmanship, and we are here to deliver this message.”

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Historic high jump scenes as Mutaz Issa Barshim and Gianmarco Tampere share the gold rather than competing in the high jump. (credit: BBC Sport)

Historic high jump scenes as Mutaz Issa Barshim and Gianmarco Tampere share the gold rather than competing in the high jump. (credit: BBC Sport)

There were tears, crazy celebrations and Italian dancing as history of the high jump was made inside Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday.

Qatar’s Mutaz Issa Barshim has added an Olympic gold medal to his list of prizes in the men’s high jump – and convinced organizers to let him share it with his friend and Italian competitor Gianmarco Tampere.

Barshim, 30, and 29-year-old Timbery are inseparable after an impressive final, as they both jumped 2.37m without any failed attempts. They had to try to clear 2.39 meters for glory.

After three failures each at this height, an Olympic official stepped in front of them, offering a leap to determine who would be the champion.

Barshim asked, “Can we get two golds?”

After a nod from the official, the two players grabbed each other’s hands and the madness began with Tampere screaming of joy, as he jumped over his fellow athletes on the track.

Emotional Tampere five years after a broken ankle denied him the chance to compete in Brazil

Emotional Tampere five years after a broken ankle denied him the chance to compete in Brazil

Barshim added, “I look at him, he looks at me, and we know it. We just look at each other and know, that’s it, it’s done. There’s no need.”

“He’s one of my best friends, not just on the track, but off the track. We work together. This is a dream come true. It’s true spirit, sportsmanship, and we’re here to deliver that message.”

It was also a win-win situation for the Italian, who fractured his ankle days before the Rio Games in 2016.

“After my injury, I just wanted to come back, but now I have that gold, it’s unbelievable,” Tampere said. “I dreamed of this many times.

Friends and rivals.  Tempere and Barshim share the spoils after a stunning high jump final

Friends and rivals. Tempere and Barshim share the spoils after a stunning high jump final

“I was told in 2016 just before Rio de Janeiro there was a risk that I wouldn’t be able to compete anymore. It’s been a long journey.”

Maxim Nidasekow of Belarus, who also got a 2.37, took the bronze in the countdown.

At the 2012 London Olympics, Barshim took the bronze, and was later promoted to the silver. He took another silver in Rio four years later, then won two back-to-back world titles in 2017 and 2019.

His personal best jump of 2.43 meters is the second highest ever, behind Cuban Javier Sotomayer who set a world record of 2.45 in 1993.

In a high-profile competition, South Korean Woo Sang-hyuk and Australian Brandon Stark, younger brother of cricketer Mitchell, each secured 2.35 to finish fourth and fifth.

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