Italy and Qatar decide to share Olympic gold medal – and fans love their emotion

Few sports fans will have ever seen as much sportsmanship and emotion in one incident as Mutaz Essa Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi demonstrated at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.

Qatar and Italy’s star high jumpers took part in a tense final on Sunday.

And their competitive quest to be crowned Olympic champion saw them each end on 2.37 metres.

Neither had any failed attempts, and both had failed to clear the 2.39 mark, which is the current Olympic record set by Charles Austin in 1996.

The standard protocol at this stage would have been for the two competing for first and second to have a jump-off.

That would normally determine the winner, but Qatar’s Barshim had other ideas.

The 30-year-old was filmed by TV cameras asking Olympic officials if there could be two golds instead.

Tamberi didn’t say anything but jumped on Barshim to hug him, suggesting he would be happy to share the ultimate accolade.

Wild celebrations followed as 29-year-old Italian Tamberi ran off jumping and screaming before dropping to the floor in emotional scenes.

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Barshim was a little more composed as he jogged to his team in the stands to celebrate and grab a Qatar flag.

It marks the first time two people have shared an Olympic medal in over 100 years.

On social media, their wonderful moment was enjoyed by fans all around the world.

Football legend Gary Lineker posted on Twitter: “Not sure anyone would have refused this option but the emotion is beautiful.”

One viewer reacted by writing: “Excellent. This is how Finals should finish. If 2 competitor's or teams are still equal at the end of play, they should share the title. This should be the same in all sports, no more penalty shoot outs!!!!”

Another delighted fan wrote: "This is what sport is all about".

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