The Excessive Soar Was the Olympics at Their Finest—and Most Trendy

One of the crucial pleasant shows of showmanship—and sportsmanship—within the Tokyo Olympics to this point passed off on Sunday, through the males’s excessive bounce. Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy matched one another leap-for-leap all night, till they each didn’t clear 7 ft 10 inches after three tries. Their choices had been to enter a sudden-death jump-off—or to share the gold medal. After Barshim, carrying a cap that includes his private brand, iconically requested for clarification—“Can we’ve two golds?”—Tamberi, sporting a covetable prime knot and pair of personalised socks that includes his personal face, leapt into his arms. Nonetheless, what made the second so electrifying wasn’t simply the result, however the lead-up: watching two unimaginable athletes (who additionally occur to be shut mates) not solely bounce their hearts out, however doing so in a fashion that was downright swaggy.

Tamberi (left, completely dropping it) and Bashim.

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