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Lineker reacts to men’s high jump competitors sharing gold at Tokyo Olympics

Mutaz Essa Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi became the first athletes to share a podium at the Olympics since 1912 – and afterwards Lineker described the moment as “beautiful”

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Gary Lineker described the decision of Mutaz Essa Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi to share gold at the Toyko Olympics as “beautiful”.

The two athletes couldn’t be separated in an incredible two-hour high jump final, with both leaping 2.37 metres before each failing three times as they attempted to match the Olympic record of 2.39m.

Qatar’s Barshim and Italian Tamberi were offered the opportunity to take part in a jump-off to decide who would be Olympic champion.

But Barshim was seen asking an official if they could share gold – and as the request was granted the two friends shook hands instantly – sparking wild celebrations as the pair made history.

The decision meant Barshim and Tamberi became the first athletes to share gold in the Olympics since 1912.



Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy shared Olympic gold in the high jump
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Reacting to the scenes on Twitter, Lineker said: “Not sure anyone would have refused this option but the emotion is beautiful.”

In footage from the track, Barshim and Tamberi could be see embracing before running to celebrate with their coaches and team-mates.

Maksim Nedasekau took bronze, having also cleared 2.37m – with the Belarusian ruled out of gold medal contention as he failed at more attempts throughout the competition.

Barshim and Tamberi both had error-free records, ensuring they both took their place in history as Olympic champions.









Both athletes have had to overcome injuries, and Barshim said afterwards: “It is amazing. This is a dream I don’t want to wake up from.

“I have been through a lot. It’s been five years that I have been waiting, with injuries and a lot of setbacks. But we are here today sharing this moment and all the sacrifices. It’s really worth it now in this moment.”

Tamberi recovered from a career-threatening injury that ruled him out of Rio 2016.

The Italian said: “After my injuries, I just wanted to come back, but now I have this gold, it’s incredible. I dreamed of this so many times.



The moment Tamberi and Barshim agreed to share gold in Tokyo
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“I was told in 2016 just before Rio there was a risk I wouldn’t be able to compete any more. It’s been a long journey.”

Meanwhile, Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs produced a stunning upset to win the men’s 100m final at Tokyo 2020.

Marcell posted a personal-best time of 9.80 to become the first Olympic champion in the event since the retirement of Jamaica legend Usain Bolt.

USA’s Fred Kerley and Canada’s Andre De Grasse – who finished third of at Rio 2016 – also ran personal bests of 9.84 and 9.89 to claim the silver and bronze medals respectively.







Team GB’s Zharnel Hughes had won his semi-final with a time of 9.98, but he was disqualified in the final due to a clear false start.

Elsewhere in the Olympics on Sunday, Max Whitlock retained his Olympic title after claiming gold in the men’s pommel horse.

That was Britain’s 10th gold of the Games, after Charlotte Worthington had earlier triumphed in the BMX freestyle event.












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