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‘Can We Have Two Golds?’ Italian And Qatari Olympians Celebrate Joint Victory

The only thing better than winning first place in the Olympics is getting to share the victory with your friend as you each walk home with an Olympic gold medal. Italian high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi was overjoyed when he learned that he would be sharing first place with fellow friend and competitor, Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar at the Olympic men’s high jump final yesterday (1 August).

Both athletes tied for first place after they completed the 2.37m jump with no failed attempts, but were unable to clear the 2.39m jump after three failed attempts each. According to the rules, Tamberi and Barshim could either battle it out with a jump-off or share the gold.

An official was in the midst of explaining the arrangement when the Qatari high jumper cut in and asked “Can we have two golds?” All it took was a simple confirmation of “It’s possible” from the official, and Barshim immediately turned to Tamberi, shook hands and hugged in celebration of their joint victory.

"Can we have two golds?" This is the best moment of the Olympics. Barshim and Tamberi were tied after both clearing 2.37 meters and missing 3 times at 2.39. They were offered a jump-off to decide the winner. They decline so that they both could win Gold. pic.twitter.com/XYe5ZmWlEA — Steve Magness (@stevemagness) August 1, 2021

“I look at him, he looks at me, and we know it. We just look at each other and we know, that is it, it is done. There is no need,” said Barshim, “He is one of my best friends, not only on the track, but outside the track. We work together. This is a dream come true. It is the true spirit, the sportsman spirit, and we are here delivering this message.”

The victory was especially emotional for Tamberi as he was told that he might not be able to compete anymore after he broke his ankle before the 2016 Rio Olympics. “After my injuries I just wanted to come back, but now I have this gold, it’s incredible,” said Tamberi, “Sharing with a friend is even more beautiful… It was just magical.”

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