Qatar’s Barshim wins the gold medal at Tokyo Olympics.
Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim, a two-time world champion from Qatar, wins an Olympic gold medal in the high jump at the Tokyo Olympics. Giving Qatar a second gold medal from the 2020 Games.
Mutaz Essa Barshim shared gold with Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi, who jumped 2.37m with no misses but failed to clear 2.39m.
Instead of a jump-off, both jumpers agreed to share the gold medal in the high jump.
Maksim Nedasekau of Belarus took home the bronze medal in a thrilling competition that culminated in a nail-biting final jump in which the Qatari and the Italian tied for first place.
Two jumpers established National Records in a very high-quality competition, while four others leaped their season-best.
Barshim won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, which was eventually upgraded to silver. Four years later, he earned another silver medal in Rio de Janeiro, followed by two world titles in 2017 and 2019.
His personal best of 2.43m is the second-highest jump in history, after only Javier Sotomayor’s 2.45m world record recorded in 1993.
Woo Sang-hyeok of South Korea and Brandon Starc, the younger brother of cricketer Mitchell Starc, of Australia, both cleared 2.35 to place fourth and fifth, respectively.