An exuberant high jumper who wore socks with his face agreed to share an Olympic gold medal with his opponent

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An exuberant high jumper who wore socks with his face agreed to share an Olympic gold medal with his opponent
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Gianmarco Tamberi.
Gianmarco Tamberi. Andrew Nelles-USA TODAY Sports
  • Italian high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi shared an Olympic gold medal with his opponent in Tokyo.

  • The 29-year-old wore socks with his face on them while convincing the crowd to dance before his leap.

  • He celebrated the win with a fake jump shot and a wild, tearful victory lap complete with flailing.

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Gianmarco Tamberi knows how to put on a show.

He also knows how to leap to gold.

Gianmarco Tamberi competes in high jump at the Tokyo Olympics.
Gianmarco Tamberi competes in high jump at the Tokyo Olympics. Mandi Wright-USA TODAY Sports

The Italian high jumper agreed to share his sport's top prize with one of his opponents - Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim - after both stars leapt 2.37 meters, or 7.78 feet, without any misses at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.

The 29-year-old's celebration was one for the books, as he hopped into the arms of the unsuspecting Barshim. He screamed before running around while flailing and falling to his knees, and then rolled around on the track as tears streamed down his face.

And somewhere within this outrageous display of elation, Tamberi ripped off his bib and attempted to shed his blue shirt.

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Tamberi's personality was on full display for viewers well before his joyous gold-medal celebration. The Civitanova Marche, Italy, native competed while wearing socks with his face sewn into them:

Gianmarco Tamberi wears socks with his face on them.
Gianmarco Tamberi wears socks with his face on them. Oliver Weiken/picture alliance via Getty Images

Before one of his jumps, Tamberi waved his arms up and down and clapped above his head in an attempt to convince the crowd to cheer him on. Then, with the participants at Olympic Stadium in his corner, the 6-foot-2 star leaped into the air, cleared the bar, and reacted to his successful jump with a mock basketball shot:

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His celebrations weren't done there. Moments after Tamberi secured gold, fellow countryman Lamont Marcell Jacobs won gold in the 100-meter dash to succeed Usain Bolt as the world's fastest man.

The exuberant Italian was ready to hug his lightning-fast track & field teammate as soon as he crossed the finish line. While brandishing their nation's flag, Tamberi jumped into Jacobs' arms to celebrate winning back-to-back gold medals in a five-minute span.

Lamont Marcell Jacobs celebrates with Gianmarco Tamberi after both won gold for Italy.
Lamont Marcell Jacobs celebrates with Gianmarco Tamberi after both won gold for Italy. REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel

There's more track and field to come at the Tokyo Games. Follow along through it all with Insider's Olympics coverage and official medal count.

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