Pole vaulters Katie Moon from the United States and Nina Kennedy from Australia decided to share the gold medal at the World Athletics Championships held in Budapest.
Both athletes cleared a height of 4.90 meters in a demanding competition that lasted for over two hours and ten minutes. However, their attempts at 4.95 meters proved unsuccessful.
While the option of a jump-off was on the table, Moon and Kennedy opted to forego it and instead chose to share the gold medal. Their decision resonated deeply with the spirit of camaraderie and mutual respect that characterizes the world of sports.
Former Olympic heptathlon champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill remarked on BBC TV, “It is so beautiful – it really displays what our sport is about.” This act of shared victory mirrored a similar occurrence at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics when Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi shared the high jump gold.
After an intense competition held in warm temperatures, Moon and Kennedy engaged in a brief conversation before embracing each other. They then agreed to split the medal and celebrated alongside bronze medalist Wilma Murto from Finland.
Reflecting on the decision, Moon expressed her satisfaction, saying, “When the final started I didn’t think about sharing a gold medal would work for me but now I am completely satisfied. What a battle it was, oh my. What an amazing night, I hope everyone enjoyed that one. We did.”
Moon, the defending world title holder, and Kennedy, who set a new national record with her jump, showcased remarkable dedication and performance throughout the event. Kennedy described the gold medal as “a dream come true,” highlighting her exhilarating performance and the electrifying atmosphere in the stadium.