The gold medal in the men’s high jump competition at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan is being shared.
Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar chose to share the gold medal in the high jump competition, rather than extend the tiebreaker.
Both men had cleared the 2.37 meters (7 feet, 9¼ inches) height. Both men then failed the 2.39 meters height.
So, instead of settling the tie with a jump-off, the two men decided to share the gold medal.
Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi agreed to share their high jump gold medal after their match ended in a tie
What a moment ❤️ #TokyoOlympics
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 1, 2021
That’s a pretty cool moment.
While some have criticized the two jumpers for a lack of competition, the vast majority of the sports world is congratulating them on an awesome moment.
Barshim and Tamberi are rivals on the track, but they’ve long shared a friendship. They reportedly met at a competition in 2010 and have developed a friendship ever since.
Now, they get to share a gold medal together.
“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 after the win, per CBC.
The two high jumpers that shared a gold medal also shared a moment of great humanity, of joy, of brotherhood. Some people are so desperate for there to be an outright winner in every aspect of life. How miserable those people must be to not be able to see beauty in that moment.
— Tom Rosenthal (@tomrosenthal) August 1, 2021
SHARED GOLD MEDAL IN HIGH JUMP
Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar
Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy.
Great scenes. #Tokyo2020
— Devin Heroux (@Devin_Heroux) August 1, 2021
Oh my word a shared gold medal in the high jump. You love to see it!
— Lachlan McKirdy (@LMcKirdy7) August 1, 2021
How do you feel about the men’s high jump gold medal at the Summer Olympics being shared?