Athletics: Mutaz Barshim gives Qatar second gold medal in Tokyo

Track and field athlete Barshim hands Qatar its second Olympic gold medal in the space of two days

AP , Ahram Online , Sunday 1 Aug 2021
Mutaz Barshim
Mutaz Barshim, of Qatar, reacts during the final of the men s high jump at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Tokyo (AP)

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Mutaz Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy tied for the gold medal in the men's high jump at the Tokyo Games.

Both men were clean at every attempt to 2.37 meters and both missed all three attempts at the Olympic record of 2.39.

The 30-year-old Barshim was the silver medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games and was also on the podium at the 2012 London Games. He won the world championship gold medal at home in Qatar in 2019.

Gianmarco Tamberi is a former world indoor champion.

Maksim Nedasekau of Belarus won the bronze medal. He also cleared 2.37 for a national record.

Barshim gave Qatar its second Olympic gold medal in the space of two days following weightlifter Fares Elbakh's triumph in the men's 96-kilogram category on Saturday. 

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