No hard feelings: Jewett finishes with racer who tripped him. . . (and other Olympic Updates)

Isaiah Jewett, of the United States, and Nijel Amos, right, of Botswana, fall in the men’s 800-meter semifinal at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The runner who just tripped Isaiah Jewett from behind was sprawled out on the track next to him.

Hurt or hard feelings? Just the opposite. The American 800-meter runner was a good sport.

Jewett helped rival Nijel Amos of Botswana to his feet, put his arms around him and they finished together Sunday in a semifinal heat at the Tokyo Olympics.

They were 54 seconds behind the winner. But in this case, time didn’t matter. It was the right thing to do, Jewett said

It was right in line with all the superhero anime shows he watches.

“Regardless of how mad you are, you have to be a hero at the end of the day,” said Jewett, who was planning to file a protest. “And that was my version of trying to be a hero — standing up and showing good character even if it’s my rival or whoever I’m racing or if anything happened.

Other meaningful moments:

In an Olympic Games full of meaningful moments, it’s hard not to feel like this one has to be in consideration for the most moving of them all. Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi and Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim decided to share the gold medal in the men’s high jump rather than competing in a jump off after both athletes cleared 2.37 meters.

Caeleb Dressel finished off his individual Olympics run in perfect fashion, winning the 50-meter freestyle in the last session of swimming with an Olympic-record 21.07 seconds. France’s Florent Manaudou finished second, and Brazil’s Bruno Fratus picked up bronze.

Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela set a world record with her final attempt Sunday to win the women’s triple jump gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.Rojas already had the gold medal assured when she took the last of her six attempts, finishing with a mark of 15.67 meters to break a record set in 1995. Inessa Kravets of Ukraine held the record at 15.50.

An Italian is the World’s Fastest Man for the first time since 1960: On the night of the 100-meter gold medal race a Texas-born Italian with a deeper history in long jumping than outdoor sprints won the race that has long defined Olympic royalty.At the Tokyo Olympics, Marcell Jacobs is The World’s Fastest Man.The Italian crossed the line in 9.8 seconds Sunday night, the first medal ever for the country in the 100 meters. Pietro Mennea won the 200 in 1980 and Livio Berruti won that race at the 1960 Games in Rome.

Source: AP