‘Smile Jumper’ Woo Sang-hyeok (27, Yongin City Hall) finally enjoyed his first victory in his third international competition.
Woo Sang-hyeok surpassed 2m29 in the men’s high jump final at the 2023 Seiko Golden Grand Prix held at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan on the 21st and took first place. 2nd place Joel Baden (Australia) also exceeded 229, but Woo Sang-hyeok was the first time, while Baden was the second time. With this, Woo Sang-hyeok became the first Korean player to win the Golden Grand Prix, which the World Association of Athletics Federations classified as ‘Continental Tour Gold Class’. In the meantime, Woo Sang-hyuk has written the history of Korean track and field, such as winning the 2022 World Indoor Championships (234), winning the 2022 Doha Diamond League (233), and placing second at the 2022 Eugene Outdoor World Championships (235).
Woo Sang-hyeok, who passed 220 lightly in the first period, skipped 225 and went straight to 229 in the first period and smiled brightly. After 229, there were only two jumpers left: Woo Sang-hyeok and Baden. Woo Sang-hyeok challenged 2m32 and touched the bar in the 1st to 3rd periods. Baden challenged 235, but Woo Sang-hyeok’s victory was confirmed as he failed in the first to third rounds. Woo Sang-hyeok had to postpone his goal of challenging 2m37 beyond the Korean record of 2m36 he had set that day.
Woo Sang-hyeok has played four matches this year until this tournament. Woo Sang-hyeok, who finished second with 2m24 at the Asian Indoor Championships in February, also took second place (2m27) at the Doha Diamond League on the 6th. On the 9th, Woo Sang-hyeok, who won the ‘domestic competition championship’ by running 232 in the KBS boat, which also served as the Korean representative selection match for the Hangzhou Asian Games, reached the top of this year’s first international competition at the Golden Grand Prix. Woo Sang-hyeok is scheduled to participate in the Diamond League, which will be held in Florence on the 3rd of next month.
Reporter Jang Han-seo [email protected]
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