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High jumpers in tears of joy after they agree to SHARE gold medal at Tokyo 2020 in amazing scenes at Olympic stadium

THERE were incredible scenes at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium as the two high jump finalists agreed to SHARE the gold medal.

Mutaz Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy had been battling it out to go higher.

But when neither could manage to nail their final jumps after three attempts, they spoke to the official about their options.

The official told both stars that ‘It's possible if you both decide' to share the prize.

And before he had even finished speaking, Barshim offered Tamberi his hand to show he was happy to agree on the split.

In true Olympic spirit, the pair then emotionally embraced each other then both ran off celebrating wildly as they achieved their lifetime goals of winning gold at the Games.

Maksim Nedasekau of Belarus took the bronze medal.

Normally there would be a jump off, but neither had any misses through 2.37m which meant they could share the top medal.

SPLIT CELEBRATIONS

Tamberi said: “This night is memorable and we made our dreams come true.

“We have passed through many difficult times and now to win the Olympic championship together - I don’t know what to say. 

“I have dreamed, we have dreamed it, so many times and now we did it.”

Barshim added: “I’m really happy. It’s an amazing feeling.

“I’m proud of myself. Winning the gold at the Olympics is a dream.

“I’m really grateful and we have been through a lot.”

Barshim had previously claimed a bronze medal at London 2012.

He followed that up with silver at Rio 2016 and now has Olympic gold to his medal haul following the split win.

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It was the second gold medal for Qatar in as many days following the success of  weightlifter Fares Ibrahim yesterday.

It was a fitting end to the high-quality competition in Tokyo.

Two jumpers set National Records as another four jumped their season best.

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