Olympic high jumpers convince organizers to let them share the gold medal
Qatar’s Mutaz Esa Barsim included the Olympic gold medal on his list of honors in the men’s high jump in Tokyo on Sunday – and persuaded the organizers to let him go with his friend and competitor Janmar of Italy. Shared by Ko Tambori.
Both 30-year-old Barshim and 29-year-old Tamberi finished with a 2.37-meter high jump, and neither attempt failed before they tried to cross 2.39.
After losing three games at that height, an Olympic official first asked them to jump up and decide the winner.
“Can we have two gold medals?” Bahim asked him.
The official nodded, and the two athletes clasped their hands together and cheered.
“I looked at him, he looked at me, and we all knew it. We just looked at each other and we knew it, that’s it, it’s done. No need,” Bashim said.
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“He is one of my best friends, not only on the track, but off the track. We work together. This is a dream come true. This is the true spirit, the spirit of athletes, and we are here to deliver this message.”
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For the Italian, this is also a win-win situation. He broke his ankle a few days before the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“I just want to come back after being injured, but now I have this gold medal. It’s incredible,” he said. “I have dreamt many times.
“Just before the 2016 Rio Olympics, someone told me that I might not be able to compete again. This is a long journey.”
Maksim Nedasekau of Belarus also won the bronze medal with a score of 2.37.
Bahim won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics and was later upgraded to a silver medal. Four years later, he won the silver medal in Rio, and then won the world championship twice in 2017 and 2019.
His personal best is 243 meters, the second highest jump ever, second only to the world record of 2.45 meters set by Cuban Javier Sotomayor in 1993.
In a high-level game, South Korean player Oh Sang Hyuk and Australian cricketer Mitchell’s younger brother Brandon Stark both finished fourth and fifth with 2.35 points.
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