Reported by Ram. Murali Krishnan

It never happened in the annals of the Olympic Games track and field before. Two high jumpers, Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italian Gianmarco Tamberi etched their names in history as they celebrated “Friendship Day” in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium in a much different passion.

Both the jumpers had a ‘clean’ series of first attempt clearances in the men’s high jump final. While Mutaz passed the opening height of 2.19m, Tamberi cleared that too with a first attempt. They went over the crossbar in all other heights (224, 227, 230, 233, 235 and 237) with seamless efforts.

Maksim Nedasekau from Belarus also cleared 2.37m on his first attempt but had few fouls in the earlier stages of the competition.

The three of them then went on to try 2.39m–a height equals to the Olympic Record by Charles Austin (USA) since Atlanta 1996.

However, the trio failed in all three attempts to clear the bar. That decided the bronze medal for Maksim, but the other two remained for the gold medal clash.

Before the technical officials go for the “jump-off”, the duo approached one of the officials and asked whether they can share the gold medal. The official replied in affirmative, probably based on World Athletics Technical Rule 26.8.4 concerning “tie” for Vertical jumps (meant for high jump and pole vault).

Tamberi hugged the Qatari with boundless joy and started running a “Lap of Honour” around the stadium, while Barshim calmly went back to pack his kit.

With the Gold in Tokyo, Barshim completes his full set of Olympic medals, having won the bronze (London 2012) and silver (Rio 2016) through the previous two editions!

Fans took to social media to praise Barshim and Tamberi for their Epic friendship and described it as the “Best moment of the Games so far”.

I to join hands with you to congratulate both of them for this phenomenal gesture!

 

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