Emotion and sportsmanship as high jumpers share historic gold medal

Emotion and sportsmanship as high jumpers share historic gold medal
‘I look at him, he looks at me, and we know it. We just look at each other and we know, that is it, it is done’

Die mans se hoogspring goud by die Tokio Olimpiese Spele is gedeel tussen Italië en Katar in a dramatic conclusion and scenes of high emotion.

Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim added Olympic gold to his list of accolades — and persuaded organisers to share it with his friend and rival, Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi.

Both athletes ended with jumps of 2.37 metres and had no failed attempts until they attempted to clear 2.39.

After three failures each at that height, an Olympic official first offered them a jump-off to decide the winner.

“Can we have two golds?”, Barshim asked him.

The official nodded, and the two athletes clasped hands and whooped for joy.

It is thought to be the first time since 1912 that a gold medal has been shared in athletics.

“I look at him, he looks at me, and we know it. We just look at each other and we know, that is it, it is done. There is no need,” Barshim said.

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

It was also a win-win situation for the Italian, who missed out on competing in Rio five years ago due to a career-threatening ankle injury.

Tamberi het saam met hom die rolverdeling wat hy in die herstel van die besering gedra het, saamgebring Olimpiese stadion met die woorde 'Pad na Tokio 2021' daarop.

Barshim het goud bygevoeg by die brons en silwer waarin hy gewen het 2012 en 2016 onderskeidelik, terwyl Maksim Nedasekau van Wit -Rusland brons geneem het.

Gianmarco Tamberi met die rolverdeling van 'n besering wat hy opgedoen het 2016 (Martin Rickett/PA)

Die besluit om die medalje te deel, is op sosiale media oorweldigend goed ontvang.

Team GB -atleet Eilish McColgan het getwiet: 'So 'n ongelooflike oomblik. Twee van die mooiste mense in ons sport wat goud deel. ”

Die Britse hoogspringer Emily Borthwick het bygevoeg: 'Ek huil nie, jy huil. ”

Steve Magness, afrigter van die atletiekprestasie, op sy Twitter -rekening gesê: 'Dit gaan oor die deel van die Olimpiese goud van Barshim en Tamberi en die emosionele uitlaatklep van beide.. Wat 'n oomblik in die hoogspring. ”

USA Track and Field het getwiet: 'Hou van die sportmanskap van Italië en Katar in die hoogspring -eindstryd vir mans!”

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