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Qatari Mutaz Essa Barshim added Olympic gold to his list of men’s high jump accolades in Tokyo on Sunday – and persuaded organizers to let him share it with his friend and rival, Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi.
Barshim, 30, and Tamberi, 29, finished with jumps of 2.37 meters and had no unsuccessful attempts until they attempted to cross 2.39.After three failures each at this height, an Olympic official first offered them a jump-off to designate the winner.
“Can we have two gold medals? Barshim asked him.
The official nodded, and the two athletes put their hands together and shouted with joy.
“I look at him, he looks at me, and we know that. We just look at each other and we know, that’s all, it’s done. It’s not necessary, ”Barshim said.
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“He’s one of my best friends, not only on the track, but off the track. We work together. It is a dream come true. That’s the real spirit, the sportsmanship, and we’re here to deliver that message. “
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