Tokyo Olympics: Italy's Tamberi and Qatar's Barshim, shares high jump gold
Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi and Qatar's Mutaz Barshim on Sunday shared a rare Olympic athletics gold in the high jump here at Olympic Stadium. Barshim became Qatar's first Olympic track and field champion. He alongside Tamberi registered a best clearance of 2.37 metres on Sunday.
Both Barshim, 30, and the 29-year-old Tamberi did not have a failed attempt until they attempted to clear the 2.39-metre mark.
After three failures each at 2.39, both Barshim, 30, and the 29-year-old Tamberi ended up tied and entered a conversation with an Olympic official, about a prospective jump-off, but Mutaz asked immediately: "Can we have two golds?"
One look, and with no words exchanged, both athletes knew they were sharing it as they gripped hands and whooped for tremendous joy. With this moment of absolute history, they became the first joint Olympic podium in athletics since 1912.