A wonderful sight was seen during the track and field event on Sunday during the Tokyo Olympic Games. Here in the men’s high jump event, two players shared the gold medal.
A wonderful sight was seen during the track and field event on Sunday during the Tokyo Olympic Games. During the men’s high jump event here, Mutaz Issa Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tembri of Italy shared the gold medal. During this match, both were left on equal footing and when the jump off was proposed to both of them, Barshim talked about sharing the gold medal. On getting approval, both the players shared the medal. After this both of them became emotional and were seen celebrating each other by embracing.
In the high jump finals, 30-year-old Barshim and 29-year-old Tembri finished the match with 2.37 meters jump. Both tried to jump 2.39 meters but both failed. At this height, both Barshim and Tembri made three attempts each and failed in all three. On this, the Olympic official told both about the jump off and said that the one who wins in it will take the gold medal. But during this time Barshim asked if both of them could get gold. To this the officer agreed. It was too late to happen that both the players hugged and without any conversation it was decided that the medal would be shared.
At the same time, this situation was beneficial for Tembri of Italy. He broke his heel before the 2016 Rio Olympics. He told, I wanted to come back after my injuries. But now I have got gold. It’s fantastic. I have dreamed of this many times. Just before Rio in 2016, I was told that I could not participate. So it has been a long journey for me.
Barshim said about this, I saw him. He saw me and we understood. On seeing each other, both of us understood that the work was done. There is no need to compete further. He is one of my closest friends. We play together. It’s like a dream. This is true sportsmanship. Barshim had won bronze at the London 2012 Games but later this medal was changed to silver. Then in Rio he again won silver. He has also won two consecutive World Championships in 2017 and 2019.
Earlier, Simone Manuel of America and Penny Oleksiak of Canada also shared the gold medal in women’s 100m freestyle swimming during the 2016 Rio Olympics. Both of them took 52.90 seconds, making an Olympic record.