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Qatari, Italian athletes praised for sharing gold medal at Olympics

Entities in both Qatar and Italy praised high jumpers Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi for opting to share an Olympic gold medal, though one commentator said such a deal was unbecoming of elite athletes.
Olympic high jump medalists

A Qatari athlete and an Italian one are being praised for agreeing to share a gold medal at the Olympics

On Sunday, Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim, 30, and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi, 29, competed in the men’s high jump at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. After both had cleared 2.37 meters (7.78 feet) without having any failed jumps in the competition, each was unable to clear the 2.39-meter (7.84-foot) mark in three attempts. An Olympic official then offered them a “jump-off” to decide the gold medal winner. When Barshim, who won the silver medal at the 2016 Olympics, asked if they could both win gold, the official agreed, media reported. 

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