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Humanity lives: Mutaz Essa Barshim And Gianmarco Tamberi Share The Gold Medal In Olympic High Jump
August 4, 2021
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Gold medalists Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar shared the podium after the men’s high jump at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium.
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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.

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Barshim, 30, and Tamberi, 29, slapped hands and hugged, celebrating an unlikely dual finish atop the podium. Even before conferring with the official, the pair had been in a tight hug, congratulating each other on bringing out their best at the Tokyo Olympics.

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.

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Dr Shailesh Thaker

Dr. Shailesh Thaker is a world-renowned management thinker and trainer on organizational behavior and development. He is the CLO of Knowledge Plus Inc., a highly reputed training firm based in Ahmedabad, India, helping organizations to achieve international benchmarks in management practices.

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