VIDEO: Entire Australian Cricket Team Watches Mitchell Starc’s Brother Represent Australia at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/02/2021, 6:00 AM EDT


Eight days since it began on July 23, the Tokyo Olympics 2020 continue to garner the eyes of the world. Along with fans from the world over, many non-Olympic athletes have taken to social media to send their wishes to their respective contingents.

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One such set of athletes includes Australia’s cricket team. Earlier today, the team shared a post cheering on high jumper Brandon Starc, who is Mitchell Starc’s younger brother.

Cricket Australia cheer on Brandon Starc during Tokyo Olympics 2020 performance

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The Australian Cricket Team are currently touring Bangladesh. The two nations will take part in a five-match T20 series which starts tomorrow. Mitchell Starc is one of the 19 players who are in the squad for this tournament.

One of the most prolific fast bowlers in the game, Starc will look to propel Australia to another series victory in Bangladesh. Ahead of the series however, he watched his younger brother Brandon compete in the Olympics along with his teammates.

The team shared a post on Instagram along with a few words describing the Olympic fever reaching the team. The post read“The Aussie Olympic spirit reached Dhaka in Bangladesh last night, with our Aussie men following every moment of Brandon Starc (brother of Mitch) competing in the Men’s High Jump Final!”

Brandon, who plies his trade in the high jump event, took part in the final yesterday. Prior to arriving in Tokyo, the 27-year-old took part in the high jump final in the 2016 Rio Olympics. In addition, he also won a gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Starc finished fifth in the final

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The Australian athlete put on a good performance during the event. Starting his attempts with a 2.19m jump, he climbed seamlessly to score 2.35m. However, he couldn’t match the gold medal winning score of 2.37m and finished fifth in the event.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s High Jump – Final- OLS – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Brandon Starc of Australia celebrates after his jump REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

The event saw two athletes share the gold medal in a stunning display of sportsmanship. Qatar’s Essa Mutaz Barshim and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi recorded identical performances in all attempts, including failing the final 2.39m jump.

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After speaking with officials, both athletes decided to share the gold medal to mark a unique moment in Olympic history.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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