When Qatari and Italian athletes shared gold medal instead of going into competition
The Athletes Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi opted to share an Olympic gold medal.
Both the athletes competed in the men’s high jump at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. After both had cleared 2.37 meters (7.78 feet) without having any failed jumps in the competition. Each was unable to clear the 2.39-meter (7.84-foot) mark in three attempts on Sunday.
However, an Olympic official then offered them a last chance to decide the gold medal winner. But, Gianmarco dropped the chance due to ankle injury.
Mutaz asked the official whether we both can get gold medal and the official.
“For me, coming here, I know for a fact that for the performance I did, I deserve that gold,” Barshim said. “He did the same thing, so I know he deserved that gold.”
On the other hand, Tamberi said “I was in ecstasy. My heart was exploding,” Tamberi, I was just full of emotions and I just screamed at him before he got in the blocks and I just supported him. I’m the captain of the national team so I just felt to do something.”
The beautiful moments from @Olympics that will remember for ever @Tokyo2020 Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italian Gianmarco Tamberi both won gold in the Olympic high jump.❤️ #sharethegold pic.twitter.com/TvalpXqGMA— Nadia Comaneci (@nadiacomaneci10) August 2, 2021
In a moment of model sportsmanship, Qatar’s Muataz Essa Barshim and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi share their gold medal in the Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics.— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) August 3, 2021
Barshim joins the list of 16 medalists from the MENA region so far. pic.twitter.com/l1tYLcOOdP