This moment will be remembered for a long time.
There was a really touching moment at the Tokyo Olympics today as Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar made a decision to share the gold medal.
Both high jumpers recorded a distance of 2.37 metres and were offered the opportunity to participate in a jump-off to decide on the winner.
— Olympics (@Olympics) August 1, 2021
Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Essa Barshim share amazing moment.
However, after brief moment of discussion, the pair opted to share gold and then jumped into each other’s arms as the reality of being Olympic champions sunk in.
You can watch the joyous moment below…
This is one of the most beautiful moments in sporting history.
— Fintan Walsh (@FintanYTWalsh) August 1, 2021
Gianmarco Tamberi gold kicks off amazing night for Italy.
Tamberi’s gold was Italy’s third of the Tokyo games and was quickly followed by another when Lamont Marcell Jacobs won the men’s 100m final. With Tamberi still on the track, he was the first person that Jacobs embraced after crossing the line.
🥇 Marcell Jacobs – 100m
🥇 Gianmarco Tamberi – High jump
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) August 1, 2021
The journeys of the two competitors.
Barshim’s gold is Qatar’s second of the games. The 30-year-old’s results have progressed over the last three Olympics, having won bronze at London 2012 and silver at Rio 2016.
He has also won gold at the last two World Championships, most recently in his home city of Doha in 2019.
For Tamberi, it marks a sensational comeback after he missed the Rio Olympics due to a leg injury. To symbolise this, he had the cast he wore during his recovery by his side today as he clinched Olympic gold.
This had me in tears.
Right before doing last jump, and then after winning high jump, Gimbo Tamberi placed on track the plaster cast he saved since 2016 when he broke his leg 15 days before Rio2016.
Climbing. Falling. Rising back.
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— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 1, 2021
Some fine examples of the Olympic spirit on display today, it has to be said.