“We work together. This is a dream come true. It is the true spirit, the sportsman spirit, and we are here delivering this message.”
High Jumper Mutaz Barshim of Qatar on sharing the gold medal with Italian Gianmarco Tamberi.
Two high jumpers share the gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
aug 2, 2021
- Both accomplished high jumpers (when an athlete leaps over a raised bar) reached a certain, shared height. They then failed three attempts at a higher bar that would determine the winner.
- At this point in the competition, the judge said they could have a jump-off but Barshim asked if they could share the gold.
- Sharing medals dates back to 1896 - when, believe it or not, two other athletes *also* competing in the high jump shared a silver medal.
- Why It Matters: Sportsmanship during times of intense competition is a meaningful example for all of us. The Associated Press does a nice job detailing some of the heart-warming stories - take a read here.