Gianmarco Tamberi today, Thursday 9 September, he can win the title of champion of the Wanda Diamond League, plus $ 30,000. This time there shouldn’t be an ex-aequo: doubling the gold in Zurich will not be possible. “No. Better this way, it should never be up to the athlete to decide on a tie. Isn’t that right, and if either of you doesn’t agree what to do, do you roll the coin? But let’s be clear. That gesture was the completion of a life, with Barshim I shared the long years on the platform and the injuries. I got hurt in Monte Carlo on July 15, 2016, three weeks before the Rio Games, he in July 2018, in the left ankle, the deadlift one. And there I relived my trauma, but I was silent, I just felt like crying because he didn’t realize what he would have to face “, says the Olympic champion in an interview with Republic.
“What do you want to say to a friend: will you spend sad and difficult years, full of frustration and perhaps even depression? Mutaz Barshim, when I didn’t want to talk to anyone, after the three voids at the entry level in Paris, in the 2017 meeting, he spent half an hour knocking on my hotel room until I let him in. You realize what it means to wait five years and reach the conquest of an Olympic final with a friend who is also waiting for the first gold? Yes, it was Barshim who asked the judge: Can we both win? Then he looked at me, as if to say: are you there? There was no need for my answer either. And who was I to refuse Italy a gold? Had I said no and lost it, I would have overwhelmed me with criticism: presumptuous, proud, selfish “, continues Tamberi.
“It was a unique opportunity for friendship. I did not know that Elena Isinbaeva, world auction record holder, had criticized the choice, you can see that on the platform she only had opponents and enemies. I’m sorry for you. But you should decide the rules,” without the possibility of an agreement. It is up to us to jump, and that’s it. Tokyo was an exceptional event, but it suited everyone, because otherwise the 100m final would have been delayed and the television programming was not good. Who guaranteed that Barshim and I Wouldn’t we have continued to make equal measures for yet another hour? And who tells me that maybe my gold didn’t motivate Jacobs to think that he too could do it? “, Concludes Tamberi.