‘Smile Jumper’ Woo Sang-hyuk (27, Yongin City Hall), who traveled to Europe in hopes of winning South Korea’s first ever world championship in track and field, has successfully completed his final test.
Woo cleared 2.28 meters to finish second at the International Heilbronn High Jump in Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, on Saturday.
Hamish Kerr (27-NZ) also cleared the same height of 2.28 meters, but was separated by the number of failures.
It rained very hard in Heilbronn on the day.
Tokyo Olympic co-gold medalist Jean-Marco Tamberi (31-Italy) withdrew from the competition after clearing 2.10m in the first round for fear of injury.
Woo Sang-hyuk also wanted to minimize his ‘jumps’.
The competition started at 2.10m, but Woo passed 2.10m and 2.15m before making his first jump at 2.20m. He was the last of the 10 athletes to start the competition.
After clearing 2.20m in the first phase, Woo succeeded in clearing 2.25m in the second phase.
At 2.28m, he touched the bar in both his first and second attempts and was cornered, but he managed to clear his third attempt to stay in the “race for the win” with Kerr.
Kerr cleared 2.10, 2.15, 2.20, and 2.25 in the first period, and 2.28 in the second period.
Woo and Kerr both failed 2.30 meters, giving Kerr first place and Woo second.
‘German Champion’ Tobias Portier (GER), 28, finished third with 2.25m and Joel Baden (AUS), 27, was fourth with 2.20m.
Most of the athletes who competed at this meet will be competing at the World Championships in Budapest, which begin on August 19.
Woo, who traveled to Germany on Aug. 4, confirmed his “international competitiveness” by finishing the meet with a time that was in line with the adverse conditions of jet lag and heavy rain.
Woo has completed all of his practical tests for the World Championships.
He will compete in the men’s high jump at the World Championships in Budapest, with preliminaries at 5:35 p.m. on Tuesday and the final at 2:55 a.m. on Wednesday.
Woo will train in Germany before traveling to Budapest, Hungary on the 17th.
Woo cleared 2.35 meters in the men’s high jump final at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, USA, last year, finishing second behind Mutaz Esa Barsim (32-Qatar), who cleared 2.37 meters.
It is the second time a South Korean athlete has won a medal at a World Athletics Championships after Kim Hyun-seop (third in the men’s 20-kilometer race at Daegu 2011).
In Daegu, Kim finished sixth, but moved up to third after a number of athletes tested positive for banned substances in doping retests.
Woo Sang-hyuk earned his first World Championship podium medal at Eugene in 2022, finishing a best-ever second place for Korea.
If he makes it to the podium in Budapest, he will become the first Korean athlete to win two consecutive World Championships medals.
However, Woo had his sights set even higher.
Before leaving the country, Woo said, “I prepared really hard. I trained systematically and managed my weight well to the point where I thought, ‘If I endured this much, 먹튀검증토토사이트 I should definitely win a gold medal,'” he said, adding, “I will definitely win the World Championships this year.”