See The Heartwarming Moment 2 Olympians Decided To Share A Gold Medal
Why fight for gold when you can share it with a friend?
The athletes Gianmarco Tamberi from Italy and Mutaz Essa Barshim from Qatar have decided to share the highest honor in the men's high jump final on Sunday at the Tokyo Olympics.
Both Barshim, 30, and Tamberi, 29, ended with jumps of 2.37 meters. Neither of them had failed attempts.
When the bar was raised to 2.39 meters, the Olympic record, none of the jumpers could crack it. The competition was a draw.
After every three failed attempts at this height, an Olympic official offered them a jump-off to determine the winner.
"Can we have two gold?" Barshim asked him.
"It is possible. If you both decide ..." said the officer.
No sooner had he finished his sentence than the two men looked at each other, clapped their hands and Tamberi jumped into Barshim's arms.
Tamberi later fell to the ground, overwhelmed by emotions.
When Mutaz Essa Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi finished the men's high jump with the same number of points, they could have determined the winner in a jump-off.
Instead, they decided to share the gold and their reaction is what we love about sports. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/ALTyeysC8t
- #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 1, 2021
"I still can't believe it happened," Tamberi later said, according to the Associated Press. “Sharing with a friend is even better. ... It was just magical. "
"For me to come here, I know for sure that I deserve this gold for my performance," said Barshim. "He did the same, so I know he deserved the gold."
Barshim told AP his rival is one of his best friends.
“Not just on the track, but also off the track,” he said. “We're almost always together. True spirit, sportsmanship, come here and deliver this message. "
The gold makes a full set for Barshim, who won silver in Rio in 2016 and bronze in London in 2012.
For Tamberi this is his first Olympic medal and in 2016 he joins his indoor and European championship titles. His passionate reaction was understandable given that weeks before the 2016 Olympics he sustained a serious ankle injury that could potentially have ended his competitive career.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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