Tamberi debuted the look at the 2015 European Championships in March, but he has been playing with the idea since 2011, The Independent reports.

He has said that the unique facial hair is a good luck charm for him. And indeed, the half-beard brought Tamberi to a second-place finish—for which he cleared 2.28 meters (7.4 feet)—on Saturday and helped him to break the Italian world record on July 1, at 2.34 m, Sports Illustrated reports.


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