Woo Sang-hyeok favorite to win high jump gold: The DONG-A ILBO

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South Korean high jumper Woo Sang-hyeok will try to win a gold medal at the World Championships in Athletics.

The World Athletics (WA) announced on its website bookmarks on Tuesday that it will win a gold medal at the World Championships in Athletics to be held in Belgrade, Serbia, featuring Woo in the men’s high jump. “Woo seems like the strongest contender at the moment,” WA said. “He will be the second winner or medalist from Asia, after 2008 winner Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar.”

Woo is the only South Korean athlete named in the final entry list revealed by the WA for the World Championships in Athletics. It is the first time in 10 years for a South Korean athlete since Lee Yeon-kyung who competed in the women’s 60m hurdles at the Istanbul Championships in 2012.

Woo is truly the most outstanding athlete in the high jump. He was ranked fourth with a record of 2.35 meters at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. He broke the previous men’s high jump record set by a South Korean athlete and the Olympic record for South Korean athletics -Korean.

His accomplishments continued even into the new year. The 26-year-old high jumper again broke the South Korean record and won the World Athletics Indoor Tour held last month in Hustopece, Czechia with a record 2.36 meters. The record set by Woo was the highest world record in the men’s high jump this season.

Woo is the only athlete to jump more than 2.3 meters indoors this season among the athletes who will compete at the World Championships in Athletics. There were five others whose records for the year were 2.3 meters but they do not compete in the championships. The second is Thomas Carmoy from Belgium who was ranked third in the European Athletics Indoor Championships. A variable in the competition is Gianmarco Tamberi from Italy who won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics and will be competing in the indoor championships for the first time this season.

The men’s high jump final featuring Woo kicks off at 6:45 p.m. Sunday.

Bae-Jung Kim [email protected]


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