‘Smile Jumper’ Woo Sang-hyeok (27, Yongin City Hall), his biggest rival Mutaz Esa Barshim (32, Qatar) He won a silver medal at the 10th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, where his chances of winning were even higher due to his absence. This is a rather disappointing result.
In the men’s high jump final held in Astana, Kazakhstan on the 12th, Woo Sang-hyeok overcame 2m24 and won the silver medal following Ryoichi Akamatsu (28) of Japan, who overcame 2m28.
Thanks to winning four consecutive international competitions in 2022 and a silver medal at the 2022 Oregon World Championships in Athletics, Woo Sang-hyeok, who finished first in the world rankings in 2022, was expected to win a gold medal at this event. This is because Barshim was left out of the list of contestants released a day before the opening of the tournament. Barsim is the ‘best jumper in active life’, winning three consecutive World Championships in Athletics, including a joint gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, London 2017, Doha 2019, and Oregon 2022.
Woo Sang-hyeok was the athlete with the highest indoor record of 2m36 among the participants in this event. 2m36 is also the best record in Korea. Woo Sang-hyeok’s personal best in outdoor events is 2m35. Among the players participating in this tournament, the only player with a personal best record similar to Woo Sang-hyuk스포츠토토 was Majdi Ghazal (35, Syria). Ghazal’s personal bests are 236 outdoors and 228 indoors, but since 2020 he has never exceeded 230.
In the preliminaries held the day before, Woo Sang-hyeok ‘passed’ all 190, 200, 205, and 210, and then easily crossed 2m14, confirming his advance to the final before his body warmed up, raising expectations for a ‘golden jump’. In the finals, he surpassed 2m15, 2m20, and 2m24 all in the first round, further increasing his chances of winning.
However, Woo Sang-hyeok was shaken when he failed by slightly touching the bar in the first period of 2m28. Woo Sang-hyeok passed the second period and immediately raised the bar to 2m30. Since Akamatsu succeeded in tying his personal record of 2m28 in the second period, he expressed his will to aim for a solo championship rather than a joint championship with 2m30.
Woo Sang-hyeok induced a positive response from the crowd with his characteristic smile, and then started the second round of 2m30, but failed, and failed to cross the bar in the third round.
Woo Sang-hyeok, who received a disappointing report card in the first competition of the season, plans to return to Korea on the 14th and adjust the schedule to participate in the World Athletics Federation Diamond League. Woo Sang-hyeok’s goals this year are the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, which will be held in August, and the gold medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games in September.
In the women’s shot put, which was held the day before, Jeong Yoo-seon (26, Ansan City Hall) won the title of ‘the first Korean athlete to win the gold medalist at the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships’. Jeong Yoo-sun won the gold medal by throwing 16m98 in the final. Lee Soo-jung (30, Seogwipo City Hall) also won the silver medal with a score of 1645, coming in second after Jeong Yoo-seon.