‘Smile Jumper’ Woo Sang-hyeok (27, Yongin City Hall) failed to hunt for the gold medal in the first competition of the 2023 season.
Woo Sang-hyeok recorded 2m24 in the men’s high jump final at the 10th Asian Indoor Track and Field Championships held in Astana, Kazakhstan on the 12th, ranking second after Ryoichi Akamatsu (28, Japan), who surpassed 2m28.
Woo Sang-hyeok’s rival and ‘the best active jumper’ Mutaz Esa Barsim (32, Qatar) did not participate in the Asian tournament, and Woo Sang-hyeok was selected as ‘the number one candidate for the championship’.
However, Woo Sang-hyeok is still in the stage of raising his body.
In addition, Akamatsu surpassed the personal best tie of 2m28바카라사이트, and Shenzhen and Woo Sang-hyeok were pushed to second place.
Majdi Ghazal (36, Syria), who crossed 2m24 in the third period, won the bronze medal.
Barsim won the men’s high jump title at the Asian Indoor Championships five times in a row from the 2010 Tehran Games in Iran to the 2018 Tehran Games. However, he did not participate in this tournament.
Prior to the start of the tournament, Woo Sang-hyeok, who was considered a ‘sure candidate for the championship’, showed overwhelming performance at the beginning of the game.
Woo Sang-hyeok, who won a ticket to the finals with a single jump by crossing 2m14 in the first round in the preliminary round held on the 11th, passed 2m10 in the final with 9 players and lightly crossed 2m15, 2m20, and 2m24 in the first round.
Woo Sang-hyeok and Akamatsu were the only players who did not fail even once up to 2m24.
Woo Sang-hyeok lightly touched the bar with his hip in the 2m28 first round.
It was the first failure of the season. Woo Sang-hyeok raised his bar to 2m30 after Akamatsu succeeded in reaching 2m28 in the second round.
It was his will to aim for ‘single first place’ rather than ‘joint championship’.
The high jump is over if the athlete fails three times in a row.
Woo Sang-hyeok, who immediately raised the bar after failing once in the 2m28, failed twice in a row in the 2m30 and finished in second place.
Woo Sang-hyeok said after winning the prize, “I prepared hard for the first tournament of the season, but there was a difference between preparing well and the match result. It wasn’t the championship I was aiming for, but I’m satisfied with finishing the game without injury.”
He continued, “I just need to raise the record gradually. Rather, I got a new motivation by finishing second in the first game, and I gained a desire to win. I will do my best to prepare well and show a better image this season.”