Aug 2, 2021 - Sports

High jumpers persuade Olympic officials to let them share gold

Gianmarco Tamberi of Team Italy and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Team Qatar celebrate after agreeing to share gold in the Men's High Jump Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi of Team Italy and Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim after agreeing to share gold in the men's high jump final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on Sunday. Photo: Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Qatar's Mutaz Barshim persuaded Olympic officials to award joint high jump gold medals after he and Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi both recorded a best clearance of 2.37 meters and failed the 2.39m height following three attempts Sunday.

Details: Barshim said afterward: "He is one of my best friends, not only on the track, but outside the track," Barshim said. "We work together. This is a dream come true. It is the true spirit, the sportsman spirit, and we are here delivering this message."

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