The Qatari Mutaz Essa Barshim and the Italian Gianmarco Tamberi will share the highest step of the podium after achieving, at the same time, the Olympic height gold medal with a mark of 2.37 if a single previous failure, before failing the two copper 2 , 39.
With the same mark as them, but with a null jump at 2.19, the first height he tried, the Belarusian Maksim Nedasekau had to content himself with the bronze medal.
With silver medals in London 2012 and Rio 2016, Barshim, the best high jumper since the times of Cuban Javier Sotomayor, with 11 jumps above 2.40 meters since 2013, was looking for his 30-year-old in Tokyo. first gold after being a two-time world champion.
The Qatari, second in the all-time list with 2.43, had overcome the torn ankle ligaments that he suffered on July 2, 2018 at the Gyulai Memorial in Szekesfehervar (Hungary), when he was about to beat the World record with the ribbon, which he brushed slightly on his first attempt, at 2.46.
In his third attempt against the record, he suffered the injury that left him inactive for almost a year, but he returned in time to become world champion in his land (Doha 2019).
This year he had only competed four times but has managed to be ready at the right moment, to share the top honors with another “resurrected” after a serious injury, Gianmarco Tamberi.