Sport can be wild. sports. But sometimes sport also throws in moments that reinvigorate your faith in humanity.
Yesterday, the high jump event at theprovided such a moment.
Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy were the last men standing in the final of the men’s high jump event on Sunday. Both had successfully passed the 2.37 meter mark and both so he could not clear 2.39 meters, using all three attempts.
Which posed an enigma. Who wins? The officials offered Barshim and Tamberi two options. They could participate in the playoff, to decide a winner, or they could share the gold medal.
They chose to share the gold medal and the moment they decided to do so is perhaps the healthiest moment of the Tokyo Olympics so far …
“Can we have two golds?” Barshim asked. The answer was yes.
Some of the post-decision shots show how much it meant to these two athletes.
“I look at him, he looks at me and we know. We just look at each other and we know, that’s it, it’s done. There’s no need,” Barshim said in a later interview.
“He’s one of my best friends, not just on the track, but off the track. We work together.”
Online, people reacted to one of the most emotional moments of the Tokyo Olympics so far.
Sport is good.