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The Tokyo games are his revenge. After the ankle injury that deprived him of Rio 2016, Gianmarco Tamberi, 29, from Ancona, won the gold medal in the high jump in Tokyo 2020.
Passionate about basketball, since 2009 he started practicing athletics seriously in the wake of his father Marco (finalist in Moscow 1980) and the results were not lacking: he is, in fact, the only blue to have won the outdoor continental title (in 2016) and indoor (in 2019) in the high jump. Italian record holder of the specialty, Tamberi was first nicknamed half-shave (half-beard) because he loved walking around with half-shaved, half-unkempt face and then Gimbo.
He has a background as a drummer, having played in the group ‘The dark melody’ with a classic seventies rock repertoire. Just the evening before leaving he signs his sentimental enterprise: he asked his girlfriend Chiara to marry him. A marriage proposal shown to everyone with a video story on social media.
With a cheerful and jovial character, he is loved by almost everyone in the world of athletics. The images of his irrepressible joy streaked with tears after winning the gold medal will surely remain in history. The medal also came after a memorable curtain with friend-rival Mutaz Barshim: “Two is better than one”. Two is better than one, so Barshim, smiling and looking at Tamberi, accepts the gold ex aequo in front of the judge, after a tie in the jumps. The two are friends and have experienced the same problems of injuries that have blocked them for a long time and forced them to chase time. The blue also lost the Rio 2016 Olympics: “Mutaz is the best jumper in the world, there is no doubt”, Tamberi admits, “for me instead – continues the blue – it’s a dream come true”.