Woo Sang-hyuk heads to Europe in pursuit of Korea’s first world title in track and field
(SEOUL, South Korea) By Hanamjik Han = “Smile Jumper” Woo Sang-hyuk (27, Yongin City Hall) has begun his quest to win South Korea’s first ever world championship in track and field.Woo boarded a flight to Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday.The 2023 World Athletics 스포츠토토존 Championships in Budapest, Hungary, will begin on July 19.Competing in the men’s high jump, Woo will compete in the preliminaries at 5:35 p.m. on Tuesday and the finals at 2:55 a.m. on Wednesday.Woo plans to travel to Budapest, Hungary, on the 17th after competing in one practice session at a German domestic competition on the 6th.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 in 2022 in Eugene, where he finished a best-ever Korean second.If he makes it to the podium in Budapest, he will set a new milestone for Korean athletics, becoming the first athlete to win two consecutive World Championship medals.While he is proud of his achievements, Woo still has his sights set on gold.”I’ve prepared really well,” he said after a public training session at Incheon Munhak Stadium on Feb. 2, “and I’m going to get the gold medal I didn’t get at the World Championships in Eugene last year. I feel good and I’m very confident.”He maintained a weight of 67 kilograms and plans to lose another 2 kilograms for the World Championships. “I managed my weight well, to the point where I thought, ‘If I’ve endured this much, I should definitely win a gold medal. “People around me are like, ‘How can you control your diet and train so hard,’” he says, “but it pays off when you put in the work. I’m focused, I’m engaged. I have the confidence to achieve results.”Woo is expected to return home on September 20.Following the World Championships, he will compete in the Zurich Diamond League on August 31. If he earns “Diamond League points” in Zurich, he will advance to the Diamond League Finals in Eugene, USA, on September 17 and 18.Woo returned home on Sept. 20 after achieving a first for Korean athletics – a gold medal at the World Championships, a spot in the Diamond League Final and a win – and then flew to China to continue his grueling training, envisioning himself atop the podium at the Hangzhou Asian Games on Oct. 4. 스포츠토토존 The thought of gold medals and diamond-shaped trophies kept his appetite in check.”I prepared my body’s rhythm to peak in August and October,” Woo said of his season.The ‘harvest season’ had begun.