The men’s high jump gold at the Tokyo Olympics was shared between Italy and Qatar in a dramatic conclusion to the competition on Sunday night.
Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Essa Barshim surpassed 2.37 meters and, when neither athlete could exceed 2.39, they were given the option of sharing the gold or facing a tiebreaker.
The pair seemed more than happy to share the glory, with Tamberi howling with joy and rolling down the track, having lost the competition in Rio five years ago due to injury.
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Barshim added gold to the bronze and silver he won in 2012 and 2016 respectively, while Maksim Nedasekau of Belarus took the bronze.
The decision to share the medal was overwhelmingly well received on social media.
Team GB athlete Eilish McColgan tweeted: “Such an amazing moment. Two of the nicest people in our sport sharing gold. “
British jumper Emily Borthwick added: “I am not crying, you are crying.”
Track and Field Performance Coach Steve Magness said on his Twitter account: “It’s all about sharing Barshim and Tamberi’s Olympic gold and their emotional outing. What a moment in the high jump. “
USA Track and Field tweeted: “I love the sportsmanship of Italy and Qatar in the men’s high jump final!”