Diamond League Champion Woo Sang-hyuk

from Oct 1, 2023 hours 13:03 (UTC +09:00)
to Oct 1, 2025 hours 13:03 (UTC +09:00)


from Oct 1, 2023 hours 13:03 (UTC +09:00)
to Oct 1, 2025 hours 13:03 (UTC +09:00)


Diamond League Champion Woo Sang-hyuk “Asian Games with Barshim will be More Fun”

Coach Kim Do-gyun said, “Passing the Paris Olympic standard record will also have a positive impact on Hangzhou Asian Games.”

ven on the day when he won the Diamond League Finals for the first time in Korean athletics, Woo Sang-hyuk (27, Yongin City Hall) did not relax. 

Woo Sang-hyuk said, "I have to work again toward my goal of winning the gold medal at the Asian Games," after surpassing 2m35 and reaching the top in the men's high jump competition at the 2023 World Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League Final held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, USA on the 17th (Korean time).

“I will enjoy the joy of winning the finals, but I will continue preparing for the Asian Games, including weight management,” he said.

In the Diamond League Final held on this day, the best player in the game, 
Mutaz Essa Barsim (32, Qatar), did not participate.

Barsim, who is adjusting the number of games in the season after struggling with back and ankle injuries in 2017, appears to have given up participating in the Diamond League Finals to prepare for the Hangzhou Asian Games, which will feature the men's high jump finals on October 4.

Woo Sang-hyuk said, “Playing with Barshim creates an appropriate amount of tension,” and added, “We will be able to have a more interesting game at the Hangzhou Asian Games where Barsim is participating.

The Asian Games gold medal is also a very important goal for me.

“I will do my best to compete with Barsim,” he said.

Barshim achieved two consecutive Asian Games wins in Guangzhou (2m 27) in 2010 and Incheon (2m 35) in 2014.

However, he suffered an ankle injury in the 2017 season and was unable to participate in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.

Woo Sang-hyeok finished 10th with 2m 20 at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games when he was a high school student, but won a silver medal with 2m 28 in Jakarta in 2018.

Starting with the Tokyo Olympics held in 2021 (4th place at 2m35), he will become a world-class jumper, win the 2022 World Indoor Athletics Championships (2m34), second place at the Outdoor World Championships (2m35), and win the Diamond League Final in 2023 (2m35). Woo Sang-hyuk, who has set shining milestones in Korean athletics such as 2m35), is aiming to win his first Asian Games in Hangzhou this year.

If Woo Sang-hyuk surpasses Barsim in Hangzhou, Korean track and field will win the Asian Games men's high jump gold medal for the first time in 21 years since Lee Jin-taek (winner at the 1998 Bangkok and 2002 Busan Games).

At the Budapest World Championships held on August 23, Woo Sang-hyuk finished in 6th place with 2m 29, failing to achieve his dream of becoming the first Korean track and field athlete to win two consecutive World Championships medals.

However, Woo Sang-hyuk did not get discouraged and achieved his second goal of the year, winning the Diamond League Finals.

National team coach Kim Do-gyun said, “Woo Sang-hyuk was unable to shake off the pressure and show his performance at the Budapest World Championships,” and added, “If you can’t beat yourself, your competitor can’t either. Fortunately, Woo Sang-hyuk won (September 1).

“I recovered my performance from the Zurich Diamond League competition and showed an even better performance in this final,” he recalled.

He continued by saying, “I hope that in the Hangzhou Asian Games, like this final, I will be able to stand at the top if I show what I have prepared without being tied to the rankings.”

The men's high jump event at the Hangzhou Asian Games, in which Woo Sang-hyuk is competing, will be held in the preliminary round on October 2nd and the finals on the 4th.

By virtually securing the right to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics, Woo Sang-hyuk can play the Hangzhou Asian Games and the early part of the 2024 season with a much lighter heart.

The standard record for the Paris Olympics is 2m33, and the record recognition period is from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024.

Woo Sang-hyuk passed the Paris Olympic standard record early on.

Woo Sang-hyuk said, "After exceeding the Paris Olympic standard record of 2m33, coach Kim Do-gyun said, "You can run more comfortably now.

“He said, ‘Do the game you want and come back,’” he recalled, adding, “I was able to overcome the burden of passing the 
Paris Olympic standard record, so I was able to easily overcome 2m and 35 degrees.”

If this upward momentum continues to Hangzhou, Woo Sang-hyuk will have a tight relationship with Barshim.

We can compete for the championship.

Coach Kim Do-gyun said, “We are very fortunate to have surpassed the Paris Olympic standard record within this year.

“Next season’s schedule can be planned to coincide with the Paris Olympics,” he said, adding, “It will also serve as a positive factor in the Hangzhou Asian Games.”

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