News18 Apr 2023

Barshim and Tamberi to be reunited in Silesia


Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi (© Getty Images / AFP)

Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi, who shared the Olympic high jump title in 2021, will meet again at the Skolimowska Memorial – part of the Wanda Diamond League – in Silesia on 16 July.

Italy's Tamberi and Qatar's Barshim stole headlines across the world when they agreed to share the gold medal after tying on both height and count-back at the men's high jump final at the Tokyo Olympics two years ago.

As well as being good friends and joint Olympic champions, the two high jumpers are also among the most successful athletes in Diamond League history, with 24 victories and five series titles between them since Barshim first won the Diamond Trophy back in 2014.

Tamberi is the reigning Diamond League champion after successfully defending the title in a thrilling final at the Sechseläutenplatz in Zurich last September, while Barshim won the Diamond Trophy in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

"I am very excited. I have competed in Silesia before in 2021 and it was an amazing atmosphere," said Tamberi.

Barshim has also previously competed at the Skolimowska Memorial, winning with 2.35m at the 2016 edition which was held in Warsaw.

"In an event where turnover among the elite is high and the shelf life of leaders is generally limited, these two are monumental figures," said Piotr Malachowski, sporting director of the Skolimowska Memorial. “And they are both charismatic to boot.”

Tamberi and Barshim will be joined by a host of other international stars in Silesia, including Norway's Olympic and Diamond League 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen and pole vault world record-holder Mondo Duplantis.

Organisers for World Athletics