Olympic high jumpers from Qatar and Italy tied. Instead of having a jump off, the friends decided to share the gold medal.

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CBS News 03 August, 2021 - 06:25am 46 views

How can you share a gold medal?

High Jump and Pole Vault are the only two sports that allow sharing of the gold medal. In both these sports, the medals are decided based on the maximum height athletes are able to clear. Moneycontrol.comExplained: Can the Gold medal be shared at the Olympics?

Are barshim and Tamberi friends?

In 2016, Tamberi suffered a serious injury while attempting a 2.41-metre high jump just before the Rio Olympics. In 2017, as Tamberi returned to competitions after a bad tournament Barshim approached him and helped him through a tough time. Both have been friends ever since. The Indian ExpressWatch: Tamberi-Barshim share Olympic gold, heartwarming moment leaves netizens in tears

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GMA News 03 August, 2021 - 08:40am

The duel between Olympic high jumpers Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy seemed destined to end in tears.

Round after round, the two star athletes simply could not outdo one another — prompting an official to tell them the next step was a "jump-off," to see who could simply outlast the other.

But that's when things took a turn — one that quickly became a symbol of the sportsmanship and friendship the Olympics were designed to create.

"Can we have two golds?" Barshim, the reigning world champion in the event, asked the official.

"It's possible, yes," the official replied — and that was all the athletes needed to hear.

The elite athletes had soared above the rest of the field, posting perfect marks through their first jumps. Both of them hit 2.37 meters (about 7.8 feet) on their first try. But when the bar was raised to 2.39 meters — the Olympic record — they failed on all three attempts.

The rare joint Olympic championship made headlines and created a buzz online. Taking notice of the extraordinary interest, Barshim said via Twitter Monday that the photos of him and Tamberi were the most popular in the world over the past day.

Because of the shared gold, the men's high-jump event ended without a silver medalist. The bronze went to Maksim Nedasekau of Belarus, who matched Barshim and Tamberi's final jump at 2.37 meters, but who had a lower overall score because he missed a couple of jumps in the early rounds. (High jumpers get three attempts to clear each height.)

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