Barely shared gold came when Mutaz Barshim of Qatar and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi finished tied at 2.37 meters in Tokyo.
Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim and Italian Gianmarco Tamberi have put the nightmare of serious injuries behind them to share a rare Olympic athletics gold in the high jump.
Barshim – which gives Qatar its first Olympic track and field title – and Tamberi recorded a best clearance of 2.37 meters on Sunday.
Maksim Nedasekau of Belarus also cleared that height to set a national record. However, he missed out on some of the gold due to an earlier failure.
Both Barshim, 30, and 29-year-old Tamberi had a failed attempt until they tried to clear the 2.39-meter mark.
After three failures each at 2.39, they ended up tied and had a conversation with an Olympic official, who first offered them a “start” to decide on the matter.
“Can we have two golds,” Barshim asked him.
The official nodded, and the two athletes held hands and cried with joy.
For Barshim, it completes a full house of Olympic medals, which won bronze in London in 2012 and silver in Rio five years ago.
Barshim missed much of 2018 with a serious ankle injury and returned to win outdoor gold at home in 2019.
“It’s a dream I do not want to wake up from,” he said.
“I went through a lot. I have been waiting for five years, with injuries and many setbacks.
‘But we are here today and share this moment and all the sacrifices. It’s really worth it right now. ”
Tamberi added both Olympic gold in 2016 to an indoor world and a European title, and he celebrated exuberantly despite the absence of spectators at the matches affected by a pandemic.
The long-haired sweater crashes to the ground and rolls around in ecstasy.
He briefly restored his composure before embarking on more histrionics when his compatriot Lamont Marcell Jacobs stunned the sprint world by wins the Olympic 100 meters title.
His emotional celebrations were understandable, as he suffered a serious Achilles tendon injury weeks after the 2016 Games, which left him acting in a cast.
“After my injuries I just wanted to come back, but now I have this gold, it’s amazing,” he said.
‘I have dreamed about this so many times. I was informed in 2016, just before Rio, that there was a risk that I would no longer be able to compete. It was a long journey, ‘he added.