At this time, Woo Sang-hyeok (25, Armed Forces Athletic Corps) appeared brilliantly in the track and field of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
He set a new Korean record in the men’s high jump and finished fourth, setting an Olympic highest ranking record on Korean athletics track and field.
In the men’s high jump final in athletics held at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium (New National Stadium) on the 1st, Woo Sang-hyeok jumped 2m35 and took fourth place.
When three players succeeded in reaching 2m37, Woo Sang-hyuk raised the bar to 2m39 and entered the 2nd and 3rd rounds, but unfortunately all of them touched the bar and failed.
He could have broken an Olympic medal for the first time in Korean track and field history, but it was enough to applaud his fighting spirit.
|Woo Sang-hyeok of the men’s high jump at the Tokyo Olympics celebrates after finishing fourth with a new Korean record in the final. 2021.8.1 / Tokyo = Yonhap News|
Woo Sang-hyuk touched the bar in the 1st 2m33, but in the 2nd time, he surpassed 2m33 and set a personal best.
Woo Sang-hyuk was not satisfied. He crossed the 2m35 in the first time and set a new Korean record by over 1cm over the 2m 34 set by Jintaek Lee at the National Championships on June 20, 1997. It has been on hold for 24 years.
Earlier, Woo Sang-hyuk had already set an important milestone in Korean track and field history in the preliminary round held on July 30. He jumped 2m28 and made it to the finals in ninth place.
It was the first time in 25 years that a Korean track and field athlete made it to the Olympic finals since high jump Lee Jin-taek in 1996.
Woo Sang-hyuk further broke the ‘8th place wall’ that was blocking the track and field of Korean athletics, and gave the players confidence that Korean athletics can also ‘can do’.