Smile Jumper’ Woo Sang-hyeok (27, Yongin City Hall) will challenge for a second consecutive victory in the Doha Diamond League.
The Diamond League organizing committee released the list of participants for the 2023 opening series Doha on the 2nd (Korean time). A total of nine people, including Woo Sang-hyeok, were listed on the men’s high jump list.
Woo Sang-hyeok holds the third-highest personal best in outdoor events among participants. Woo Sang-hyeok’s personal best in outdoor games is 2m35, achieved at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics (4th place) and the 2022 World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, USA (2nd place). He rose to the top in the Diamond League, where he participated for the first time last year, and wrote a new history in the Korean track and field world. Now, standing shoulder to shoulder with top players, he takes on another challenge: winning the Doha Diamond League for the second consecutive year.ㅋㅋㅋ벳
Woo Sang-hyeok’s opponent this time is competitive. There are world-class athletes such as Mutaz Esa Barshim (Qatar), the “best jumper in action,” and Jubon Harrison (USA), who took first place in the men’s outdoor high jump this season.
Barshim, a leading candidate for the title, is considered one of the best players in the world in the high jump. He holds the world record of 2m 43, second only to Javier Sotomayor (2m 45, Cuba) who dominated the high jump event in the 1990s. The awards are also gorgeous. He won a gold medal at the most recent Tokyo Olympics and also won the World Championships in Athletics in Oregon last year.
It is a rivalry with Woo Sang-hyeok who has many head-to-head matches. Woo Sang-hyeok won the opening game of the 2022 Diamond League held in Doha, Qatar in May of last year, beating Barsim, who jumped 2m30 over 2m33. In the final of the Athletics Diamond League held in Monaco in August of the same year, Barsim won the gold medal after a fierce ranking match.
Another contender, Harrison, is also formidable. Harrison surpassed 2m33 this season and is tied for first place in the world rankings based on records with Joel Baden (Australia). The personal record for outdoor events is 2m36.