Qatari champion Mutaz Barshim, who won the gold in the high jump competition in the athletics competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which is currently being held in Japan, and will run until August 8, spoke with pride about his decision to share the gold medal with his Italian colleague Gianmarco Tamberi.
In a press statement today, Barshim said, "The decision to share the Olympic gold medal was a purely emotional decision, respect, and love for my fellow competitor. I know how much it means to win gold. The opportunity to share gold is something I will cherish for the rest of my life."
Watch this awesome video to see @mutazbarshim & @gianmarcotamber, who share a #Friendship that transcends boundaries, share a gold medal after their tie at @tokyo2020 @Olympics men's high jump finals.@qatar_olympic @JoaanBinHamad #ILoveQatar #WeAreTeamQatar #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/EvJ2dMVjDD— ILoveQatar - Live (@ILQLive) August 3, 2021
Tamberi celebrated loudly after Barshim agreed to share the gold, and hugged his Qatari friend in a snapshot that attracted world attention and was widely praised. This is the first time an Olympic gold in athletics has been shared since the 1912 Stockholm Olympics in the pentathlon and decathlon.
The Qatari star added that he hopes we can inspire people that the participation and support of colleagues is one of the most powerful gifts we have.
Barshim added, "As an individual sport, high jumping imposed on me a lot of loneliness and personal exercises, and a lot of sacrifices, challenges, and difficult times that were the price of winning gold."
He pointed out that this tournament, as a level, was the most difficult, and considered the strongest in the history of the Olympic Games in the modern era. It is difficult to find three players who win with a height of more than 2.37 m, as well as two players who exceeded 2.35 m and players of 2.33 m, but these are the historically strongest and best.
And about his relationship with his Italian competitor, Barshim explained by saying: Tamberi and I have been friends for 11 years. We were in the youth category, then in the general category, then professionalism, and we have a friendship that is not only within the competition, and he was injured in 2016 and the same was repeated in 2018, and he performed the same operation, And when something like this happens, it is very difficult to return, especially with psychological and moral pressure, as well as very difficult to return to running and jumping at a high level in the world championships, and he worked to improve his return and so did I, and we reached 2.37 m and there was a "playoff" option to make a jump, another to see who would win, and as an advantage, I was better than him personally and he knew that, and the referee came to explain the new law that allows two players to win gold.
Olympic champion Mutaz Barshim succeeded in embracing glory and writing history at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, when he won the gold medal in the high jump, to be the first Qatari champion to win three Olympic medals in three consecutive sessions. He won bronze in 2012 in London, and silver in Rio 2016 in Brazil, then the current Tokyo 2020 with gold.
The Golden Falcon has also imposed itself as the best in the world in recent years, not only by being on the Olympic throne in the high jump but also by being on the throne of the world championships. It grabbed the World Cup gold in 2017 and 2019.
Barshim became a model for the Qatari athlete that everyone is proud of, but rather a model for the international athlete, thanks to his high morals. His golden moment was historic when he agreed to share the gold with Italian Tamberi, in a scene described as the best in the "Tokyo Olympics" and through which "communication platforms" were issued. "Social" in light of the interaction of the public around the world with that noble position, stressing that this scene will remain one of the most important scenes indicative of sportsmanship in history.
The success of the Golden Falcon in presenting an honorable image of the Qatari, Gulf and Arab athlete did not stop there, but rather became the first Asian athlete to win three Olympic medals in athletics, a new achievement added to the honorable record of the Qatari champion with global successes and high morals.
Source: Qatar News Agency
Cover image credit: Mutaz Barshim
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