Woo Sang-hyuk wins Korea’s first Diamond League title… “Keep the record challenge”

(Doha AP = Yonhap News) Woo Sang-hyeok rejoices after crossing the bar during the opening match of the 2022 World Athletics Federation Diamond League in Doha, Qatar, on the 14th (Korean time). On this day, Woo Sang-hyuk won the championship by overcoming the 2m33.

‘Smile Jumper’ Woo Sang-hyeok (26, Armed Forces Athletic Corps) flew the highest in the World Athletics Federation Diamond League, ‘the stage I’ve been dreaming of for 10 years.’

Before leaving for Doha, Qatar, Woo Sang-hyuk said, “I’ve dreamed of participating in the Diamond League (only major players in the world are invited) for 10 years.

In a place where they had their own stage, Woo Sang-hyuk became the main character. It was a splendid achievement made with excellent talent and thorough preparation.

In the men’s high jump of the 2022 World Athletics Federation Diamond League opening match held in Doha, Qatar on the 14th (Korean time), Woo Sang-hyeok surpassed 2m33 and defeated ‘Qatari athletics hero’ Mutaz Essa Bashim (31) to win the championship. Basim, who placed 2nd in 2m30, congratulated Woo Sang-hyuk.

On this day, Woo Sang-hyuk recorded 2m33, which is the world record for the men’s high jump in 2022. Woo Sang-hyuk also holds the record for indoor best (2m36) this season.

After the match, Woo Sang-hyuk said, “I am happy to have won the world first place record this season in the Diamond League tournament I participated in for the first time. I will enjoy it,” he said.

It was a brilliant achievement made by overcoming strong winds and crises.

The men’s pole vault was canceled and the high jump game started 20 minutes later than planned.

(Doha EPA = Yonhap News) Woo Sang-hyeok crosses the bar during the men’s high jump final of the 2022 World Athletics Federation Diamond League opening match in Doha, Qatar, on the 14th (Korean time). On this day, Woo Sang-hyeok won the championship with 2m33.

Woo Sang-hyuk also failed in the 1st and 2nd rounds at 2m24.

Kim Do-kyun, the national team’s vertical jump coach, said, “Woo Sang-hyeok participated in the Diamond League for the first time. He looked more nervous than usual. Just show me your face and come.’ Fortunately, I got through the first crisis, and my tension was relieved.”

After crossing the 2m24, Woo Sang-hyuk regained his unique bright expression and won the 2m33 outdoor event in 2022, setting a world record.

It is more meaningful because it was achieved in a match between Basim and Jean Marco Tamberry (30, Italy), who tied for first place at the Tokyo Olympics held in August of last year.

Coach Kim Do-gyun said, “Basim played for the first time since the Tokyo Olympics. Tamberry also participated in the World Indoor Athletics Championships in March (Woo Sang-hyeok won), but it was the first time he played outdoors this year.” It was difficult to show all of his skills. Woo Sang-hyuk, who played more indoor and outdoor games, had a better sense of play.”

As coach Kim said, Bashim, who has a personal best record of 2m43, and Tamberry, who has a personal best of 2m39, are not yet in 100% condition.

However, a high score can be given to Woo Sang-hyuk’s ‘process’, which runs the world’s highest 2m36 this season in indoor games in February and March and gradually raises the record in outdoor events.

Coach Kim Do-kyun said, “Today’s performance of Woo Sang-hyeok was not perfect.

Woo Sang-hyuk jumped 2m30 at the National Athletics Championships on April 19, the first outdoor event of the year, and surpassed 2m32 at the Unemployment Athletics Championships on May 4.

Before leaving for Doha at 1 am on the 11th, Woo Sang-hyuk trained according to the ‘Doha time in Qatar’.

The time difference between Korea and Qatar is 6 hours.

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Woo Sang-hyeok poses with a flower he received after winning the opening match of the World Athletics Federations Diamond League in Doha, Qatar, on the 14th (Korean time). [대한육상연맹 제공. 재판매 및 DB금지]

Coach Do-kyun Kim made an ‘evening training schedule’ and set Woo Sang-hyuk’s body clock to ‘Doha’. In preparation for bad weather, ‘rainy day training’ was also carried out.

Coach Kim Do-kyun and Woo Sang-hyeok said, “I arrived in Doha two days before the start of the tournament, but there was no problem in acclimatising to the jet lag. I was less affected than other players by the strong wind. It was because of the help of many people.” The officials of the Athletes’ Village gave consideration to making the ‘night training’ possible, and the officials of the Korea Athletics Federation, including Chairman Im Lim, gave full support. I want to say thank you.”

Woo Sang-hyeok was the first Korean to win the Diamond League after placing 4th at the Tokyo Olympics and winning the World Indoor Athletics Championships.

Woo Sang-hyuk said, “I have more people cheering for me, so I run more excitingly.”

The consideration and support of many people involved, as well as the greatly increased support from athletics fans, Woo Sang-hyuk reciprocated with a brilliant performance.

Woo Sang-hyuk will go to England on the 18th and try to win two Diamond League championships in Birmingham on the 21st.


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