This year's Olympic Games have certainly been filled with memorable moments. But one heartwarming event has captured the internet's hearts this week.
Wow. What a moment of elation. Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi have agreed to share the gold medal in the high jump.
They did not have any misses through 2.37m. No jump-off. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/WuX3RD4r5d
— Chris Chavez (@ChrisChavez) August 1, 2021
The finals for the men's high jump were some of the tensest of the entire Games. But it was Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi that stood a head and shoulders above the rest, with both clearing a whopping 2.37 meters. The current world record is 2.39 meters, as cleared by Charles Austin in 1996. When both athletes were asked to clear the 2.39 mark, the pair both struggled.
Both Barshim and Tamberi had struggled with injuries in the run-up to the Olympic Games - Barshim had suffered an ankle ligament injury at the Gyulai Istvan Memorial meet in Hungary in 2018, while Tamberi's issues with his Achilles tendon had actually prevented him from taking part in the Rio Olympics back in 2016. This makes their athletic feat all the more remarkable.
Normally, Olympic protocol is for both jumpers to partake in a jump-off. But Barshim offered a different solution - and it made for a truly heartwarming moment.
"Can we have two golds? History, my friend!" ❤️
The first joint Olympic podium in athletics since 1912!#bbcolympics #Tokyo2020
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 1, 2021
Barshim asked officials if the pair could share the gold medal. Tamberi didn't respond but jumped onto Barshim to hug him - presumably signifying his agreement with the decision.
This is the first time 2 athletes have shared an Olympic medal in over 100 years.
Of course, people are absolutely loving the sweet moment. One Twitter user wrote: "I didn't know anything about high jump five minutes ago and now I'll never forget Barshim and Tamberi sharing the gold medal for the high jump. Incredible scenes."
Facebook users agreed with the praise. "Fantasy Olympic moment! It's exactly how it should be, compete together, win together! Should happen for bronze medals, no playoff as both teams deserve it," one wrote. Another added: "This was the most wholesome thing I've seen in years. It was like Usain Bolt sharing a gold, that's how significant it was. Unreal!!!!" "That's what the Olympics are about ......this will be one of those Olympics moments on T.V in 100 years' time," predicted a third.
However, one Facebook commenter was a little more skeptical. "Of course it's a wonderful gesture and great sportsmanship. On the other hand, though, neither of them wanted to risk losing the first place, because they both secured the gold, anyway. I reckon the decision might've been different if, for example, they both had the silver, and decided to keep fighting for the gold," they joked.