‘Smile Jumper’ Woo Sang-hyeok (27, Yongin City Hall), after missing the gold medal in the first tournament he participated in this year, renewed his determination.
Woo Sang-hyeok jumped 2m24 in the men’s high jump final at the 10th Asian Indoor Track and Field Championships held in Astana, Kazakhstan on the 12th, placing second behind Ryoichi Akamatsu of Japan (2m28).
This is a disappointing result for Woo Sang-hyeok, who was considered a strong candidate to win this tournament.
Mutaz Esa Barshim (Qatar), who is Woo Sang-hyeok’s rival and considered the strongest male high jumper, did not participate in this event.
Barsim is the second-largest outdoor record holder (2m43) in men’s high jump, and has won three consecutive World Championships from London in 2017 to Eugene last year. At the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, he also won gold medals five times in a row from the 2010 Tehran Games to the 2018 Tehran Games.
Woo Sang-hyeok, who has an indoor personal best of 2m36, was mentioned as a strong candidate for the championship in a competition where Barsim did not step forward.
Woo Sang-hyeok showed off his winning candidate by overcoming 2m14 in the first round in the preliminary round held on the 11th and confirming his advance to the finals with just one jump.
He passed 2m10 in the finals and easily crossed 2m15, 2m20, and 2m24 in the first round.
Woo Sang-hyeok and Akamatsu were the only players who never failed to reach 2m24.
Woo Sang-hyeok failed in the first round of 2m28카지노. When Akamatsu crossed 2m28 in the second round, Woo Sang-hyeok raised the bar to 2m30 to aim for the championship. However, he finished second after failing twice in a row.
After the game, Woo Sang-hyeok said through the Korea Association of Athletics Federations, “I prepared hard for the first competition of the season, but there was a difference between preparing well and the result of the match.” .
Not being able to achieve the goal became a good stimulus for Woo Sang-hyeok.
Woo Sang-hyeok emphasized, “It is only necessary to raise the record gradually, but being number 1 in the world rankings is always a place where there can be changes.”
He then promised, “I will do my best to prepare well and show a better appearance this season.”
Woo Sang-hyeok, who finished the first tournament of the season, is expected to return to Korea on the morning of the 14th and set up future schedules.
Woo Sang-hyeok is aiming for the gold medal at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary in August and the Asian Games in Hangzhou in September.