World champion ‘Smile Jumper’ Woo Sang-hyuk is back in the hunt for gold at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games.
Woo Sang-hyuk will return to Korea on Aug. 19 (KST) and begin final training at the Jincheon National Athletes’ Village to win the high jump at the Hangzhou 2023 Asian Games.
He won the men’s high jump at the World Athletics Diamond League Finals 2023 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, USA, on Sunday with a personal outdoor best of 2.35 meters.
Not only did he become the first South Korean athlete to qualify for the Diamond League Final, but he also became the first South Korean athlete to win a podium finish and eventually a gold medal, making history in South Korean athletics.
The win also secured Woo’s spot in Paris. The Olympic standard for the high jump at Paris 2024 is 2.33 meters. Woo will be able to compete in the Olympics after the IOC approved his performance from July 1 to June 30 of next year.
Woo’s eyes now turn to the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, where another gold medal awaits. After the Diamond League Final, he will return home and begin final training at the Jincheon National Training Center. His high jump final will be held on the afternoon of the 4th of next month.
He has been consistent leading up to the Diamond League, having set a Korean record of 2.35 meters at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to finish fourth, his best-ever track and field finish.
He was also strong at the Asian Games. At the last edition, Jakarta-Palembang 2018, he cleared 2.28 meters to take silver. Now he’s going for gold.
“I would like to thank the Korean people for their support,” said Woo. I will do my best to win at the Hangzhou Asian Games in two weeks,” he said, promising another gold medal hunt.
The Korean Sports Ministry has high hopes as well. At the Asian Games D-30 media day last month, the KOC revealed its promising sports and key athletes, naming Kim Woo-jin, Kim Jeduk, An An (archery men’s and women’s recurve), Ahn Se-young (badminton), Hwang Sun-woo (swimming) and Woo Sang-hyuk.
To improve her chances of winning a gold medal, she will not only need to stay in good form, but also beat her rival Mutaz Essa Barshim (Qatar). Barshim did not attend the Diamond League Final. 바카라
He did not give a reason for his absence. However, it is widely believed that he has been limiting the number of tournaments he competes in due to injuries and chose to focus on the Asian Games.
If Woo, who has taken the world stage by storm, makes it to Barsim, he will be the first Asian Games gold medalist in the men’s high jump in 21 years, since Lee Jin-taek won gold at Busan 2002.
According to the Korean Athletics Federation, unlike Jin, Woo will travel to Hangzhou on the 27th, as athletes have different departure dates for each event.