With tears of joy in their eyes and a big grin on their faces, the Italian Gianmarco Tamberi and the Qatari Mutaz Essa Barshim hugged in the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. A few moments earlier, the two high jumpers decided to end the final early and share the Olympic victory. Both were tied at 2.37 meters and failed at the next height.
For the first time in the history of the Olympic high jump, two athletes share the gold medal. Because both Tamberi and Barshim could not jump the height of 2.39 meters and had the same number of unsuccessful attempts, the referee approached the athletes. He asked if they wanted to jump on. When Barshim asked whether there could be gold twice, the official confirmed this. The Italian Tamberi could hardly believe it and literally collapsed.
While the Qatar celebrated his success with his coach, Tamberi ran around wildly and did not know what to do with himself. Again and again he got on his knees for joy and could hardly believe it and even held the cast that he had to wear after a ligament injury in 2016 shortly before the games in Rio as a lucky charm. His compatriot Lamont Marcell Jacobs surprisingly celebrated the gold medal in the 100 meter final a few minutes later. Tamberi fell around Jacobs’ neck and both celebrated the two gold medals from Italy within a very short time.