Woo Sang-hyuk has become the first South Korean athlete to win the Diamond League Finals, a high jump competition reserved for the world’s strongest athletes, and has now “returned to gold,” boosting his chances of winning gold at the Hangzhou Asian Games.

Woo Sang-hyuk, the ‘Smile Jumper’, is all smiles.

He became the first Korean player to win the Diamond League Final. Woo didn’t hide his overwhelming emotions as he held the trophy tightly in his hands during the interview.

Woo Sang-hyuk / National Athletics Team
“It was just a dream when I was a kid, I wanted to run, I never thought I would win, it was just a dream.”

Confident after clearing a personal best of 2m35 this season, Woo’s eyes now turn to the Hangzhou Asian Games.

Woo Sang-hyuk
“I will not give up until the end, I will jump high, and I will win gold at the Asian Games”

To win gold at the Asian Games, Woo will have to overcome the ‘world’s strongest man’, Qatar’s Barsim.

At his best this season, Barsim has a height of 2m36cm, narrowly edging out Woo’s 2m35cm.

The key will be the first jump.먹튀검증

“I’m trying to clear all the heights in the first period… I think that’s where the psychological battle is reflected, and who controls the flow…”

If Woo comes out on top, he will become the first high jump gold medalist in 21 years since Lee Jin-taek in 2002.

The high jump final will be held on the 4th of next month.

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