Woo Sang-hyeok preparing for a golden jump in Japan, ‘this time over Akamas’

 Woo Sang-hyeok (Yongin City Hall), the pride and ace of Korea’s track and field, will take off once again in Japan. This time, he doubles as a revenge game.

Woo Sang-hyuk is about to compete in the 2023 Seiko Golden Grand Prix High Jump, which will be held at the Yokohama National Stadium in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan on the 21st.

In the match, Woo Sang-hyeok pointed out the Asian Indoor Championship gold medalist Akamas Ryoichi (Japan), who is playing on his home ground, as his target. 

On February 12, in the high jump finals of the 10th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships held in Astana, Kazakhstan, Woo Sang-hyeok won the silver medal with a record of 2m24. This was well short of his personal best of 2m36. The gold medal went to Akamas, who recorded 2m28. 

Mutaz Esa Barshim (Qatar), who was regarded as his greatest rival at the time, did not participate and was given a golden opportunity, but he could not stand at the top of the podium.안전놀이터

Woo Sang-hyeok then pointed his finger at him for revenge. On the 9th at Yecheon Stadium, he easily exceeded 2m32 in the Hangzhou Asian Games representative selection and KBS Cup match. 

Woo Sang-hyeok has currently set the best record of 2m36 indoors and 2m35 outdoor, virtually surpassing Akamas. On top of that, he broke the standard record of 2m32 at the World Championships in Budapest and was able to prepare for the competition more lightly. 

Participants with higher records than Woo Sang-hyeok include Hamish Kerr (New Zealand) and Joel Baden (2m33, Australia), who have a personal best of 2m34.

Meanwhile, Woo Sang-hyeok arrived in Japan on the 10th and is currently undergoing training. 

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