‘Smile Jumper’ Woo Sang-hyeok (27, Yongin City Hall), who had been concentrating on training in Jeju Island without any real fights due to sinusitis treatment, is moving fast at the beginning of the season.
It is a tight schedule with no time to breathe, but Woo Sang-hyeok, armed with a ‘positive mindset’, doesn’t mind.
Woo Sang-hyeok left for Doha, Qatar via Incheon International Airport on the morning of the 3rd to participate in the opening game of the 2023 World Athletics Federation Diamond League.
The Doha Diamond League men’s high jump starts on the 6th at 1:20 a.m. Korean time.
Woo Sang-hyeok, who had to compete immediately after arriving, adjusted to the jet lag while training in Jeju Island.
Woo Sang-hyeok, who met with reporters at Incheon Airport on the afternoon of the 2nd, said, “I have to play in Doha at dawn in Korean time. So I changed my day and night life in Korea.” I stayed up all night according to Qatar time and went to bed in the morning,” he explained.
Woo Sang-hyeok prepares to return home immediately after the tournament, without even having time to rest. After playing the game starting at 7:20 pm on the 6th in Doha local time, he boarded a plane departing at dawn on the 7th.
The reason he hastened his return is to participate in the 51st KBS National Track and Field Championships held in Yecheon, Gyeongsangbuk-do, as well as the Hangzhou Asian Games representative selection event.
The Korea Association of Athletics Federations established a rule that athletes who did not participate in the Hangzhou Asian Games national selection competition were excluded from selection.
“If you participated in the selection event but withdrew due to injury, etc., only those who can obtain a medal with the best record in 2022-2023 (record in the top 3 in the Asian rankings in the 2022-2023 season) may be subject to relief.” Participation in the contest is also a prerequisite.
Woo Sang-hyeok, who has risen to the top of the world, is a strong medal candidate for the Hangzhou Asian Games.
Woo Sang-hyeok won a silver medal in the men’s high jump at the 2022 World Championships in Athletics held in Eugene, Oregon last year by jumping 2m35. He failed to surpass the current strongest player Mutaz Esabarsim (Qatar), who holds the second highest record (2m43) of all time, but gave Korean athletics the first ever world championship silver medal.
However, it is not possible to make only Woo Sang-hyeok an exception in selecting the representative. However, the federation organized the men’s high jump event on the last day so that Sang-hyeok Woo could compete in the Doha Diamond League and participate in the representative selection event.
In fact, he has to go to Yecheon immediately after visiting Doha for 3 nights and 4 days, but Woo Sang-hyeok, who has a strong ‘positive mindset’, is determined to overcome it.
Woo Sang-hyeok said, “I try to play in as many competitions as possible. As a player, there are times when I have to play in difficult situations.”
He then spread his shoulders, saying, “A lot of people are worried and think that the schedule is tight, but I find it fun to overcome these things.”
Woo Sang-hyeok emphasized, “I feel like I’m getting stronger by overcoming difficult times. If I can’t overcome it, I can’t help but try to overcome it as much as possible.”
First of all, Woo Sang-hyeok’s first goal is to sew his first button well at the Doha Diamond League, the first outdoor competition of the year.
Woo Sang-hyeok won the opening game of the 2022 Diamond League held in Doha on May 14 last year by over 2m33. Woo Sang-hyeok was the first Korean player to win the Diamond League.
It was a feat that surpassed Barsim. Barshim recorded 2m30, ranking second after Woo Sang-hyeok.토토사이트
Woo Sang-hyeok, who is aiming for a second consecutive victory in the Doha Diamond League, said, “Next year there will be the 2024 Paris Olympics. If you do well this year, you can do well next year too.” We can prepare for the season.”
Woo Sang-hyeok, who is competing with Barshim in this competition, said, “To win this year’s World Championships, Hangzhou Asian Games, and Paris Olympics, we must compete against Barshim in other competitions and win. Only then can we win in big competitions.” burned