Neil Patrick Harris, Greg Rutherford

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Yes, your eyes deceived you. Because despite the double-taking, doppelganging, wishful thinking of armchair spectators, that was not in fact Neil Patrick Harris over the weekend accepting an Olympics gold medal for the long jump on behalf of Team GB.

Though that would, of course, have been legen—wait for it—dary. Not to mention, frankly, slightly traitorous.

Instead, it was British athlete Greg Rutherford (nicknamed, and we're serious about this, the Ginger Wizard) the man the Internet has dubbed the uncanny lookalike of NPH.

So while the British press rightly knows him as the 25-year-old athlete whose fourth-round leap of 8.31m was enough to secure him the top spot on the podium and the captor of England's 13th gold medal, the rest of the world's press has seen his leap and raised him a boundless comparison to the How I Met Your Mother star.

Sure, the hair color is not quite a match, but catch the athlete at the right angle—which apparently a hefty percentage of the viewing public did—and he seems the positive spitting image of the actor. And we're not the only ones to have noticed.

"Ah, this explains the new necklace and why my legs are so sore," NPH himself tweeted, linking to a photo montage of his character Barney Stinson and Rutherford.

And since we get to look at him, well, that makes us all winners, really.

So, what do you say? Can you see the resemblance?

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