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Two Olympians share gold medal after they can't out-jump each other

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Two Olympians agreed to share the gold medal after neither could out-jump the other during the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Gianmarco Tamberi from Italy and Mutaz Essa Barshim from Qatar both cleared jumps of 2.37 meters without any mistakes. To declare a winner, the bar was raised to the Olympic record height of 2.39 meters.

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Each competitor took three attempts to clear the bar, but neither succeeded, leading Olympic officials to offer them co-titles as gold medalists. Both candidates took the arrangement happily, with Tamberi sprinting in a frenzy and waving his arms.

The athletes embraced in a tight hug after the decision.


Tamberi recovered from what was once thought a career-ending injury. Just before the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Tamberi severely hurt his ankle, sidelining him from the games.

After receiving the news of his win alongside Barshim, who also suffered an ankle injury in 2018, Tamberi enthusiastically jumped up and down on the track before falling to the ground and rolling back and forth. The entire time, Tamberi wore custom socks featuring his own face, which he wore to compete.

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Barshim broke down crying after the decision. He explained afterward the two athletes know each other well and are far more than just athletic rivals, saying, "He is one of my best friends, not only on the track but outside the track. We work together."

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Original Author: Timothy Nerozzi

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