‘Athletics’ Woo Sang-hyeok “If we win gold together at the Paris Olympics with Hwang Seon-woo”

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Hwang Seon-woo wins silver medal at World Swimming Championships… Woo-Soo Sang-Hyeok aims to win the Eugene World Championships in Athletics

Woo Sang-hyuk smiling brightly

(Jeongseon = Yonhap News) Reporter Han Nam-jik = ‘Smile Jumper’ Woo Sang-hyeok is smiling brightly during an interview at Jeongseon Sports Complex in Gangwon-do on the 23rd.

(Jeongseon = Yonhap News) Reporter Han Nam-jik = ‘Smile Jumper’ Woo Sang-hyeok (26, Armed Forces Athletic Corps) who is writing a new history in Korean track and field, Hwang Seon-woo (19, Gangwon-do Provincial Government) won a silver medal at the Long Course (50m) World Swimming Championships ) and said, “It’s really cool.”

In addition, he hoped, “I hope that the two of us will win a gold medal together at the 2024 Paris Olympics.”

On the 23rd, during the 76th National Athletics Championships, Woo Sang-hyuk met with Yonhap News at Jeongseon Sports Complex in Gangwon-do and raised his thumb, saying, “I saw Hwang Seon-woo’s realm. It was really great and wonderful.”

Hwang Seon-woo set a new Korean record of 1:44.47 in the men’s 200m freestyle final at the 2022 International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Championships held at Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary on the 21st, placing second behind David Popovich (Romania, 1:43.21). occupied

Woo Sang-hyuk and Hwang Seon-woo are players who give Korean sports fans great joy and sweet dreams.

In the men’s high jump final at the Tokyo Olympics held last year, Woo Sang-hyuk set a new Korean record of 2m35 and placed 4th, the highest in Korean track and field history.

Hwang Seon-woo broke the Asian and World Junior records (47.56) in 100m freestyle swimming at the Tokyo Olympics, and the Korean and World Junior records (1:44.62) in 200m freestyle.

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As a Korean management athlete, he reached the Olympic final for the first time in nine years since Park Tae-hwan, placing 5th in the 100m freestyle and 7th in the 200m.

Woo Sang-hyuk, extra match for World Championship
Woo Sang-hyuk, extra match for World Championship

(Seoul = Yonhap News) ‘Smile Jumper’ Woo Sang-hyeok jumps over the bar as an ‘extra athlete’ in the high jump of the men’s decathlon at the 76th National Athletics Championships held at Jeongseon Sports Complex in Gangwon-do on the 22nd. 2022.6.23 [대한육상연맹 제공. 재판매 및 DB금지] photo@yna.co.kr

Korean fans welcomed the appearance of world-class athletes in track and field and swimming.

The two received as much applause as the Tokyo Olympic medalists.

Also, the growth did not stop.

Woo Sang-hyuk broke the Korean record by jumping 2m36 at the Czech indoor competition in February this year, and won the 2m34 jump at the Belgrade World Indoor Championships on March 20th.

Woo Sang-hyuk is the first Korean athlete to win the World Indoor Athletics Championships, a major event.

Woo Sang-hyeok took first place by jumping 2m33 in the opening match of the World Athletics Federation Diamond League (outdoor event) on May 14, when both Mutaz Essa Basim (Qatar) and Jean Marco Tamberry (Italy) participated in the Tokyo Olympics joint 1st place. It is also the first time in Korea to win the Diamond League.

Hwang Seon-woo also tasted the joy of his first major championship victory with a record of 1:41.60 in the 200m freestyle at the 2021 Short Course (25m) World Championships held in Abu Dhabi, UAE in December last year.

Here, she won a silver medal at the Long Course World Championships, a bigger stage.

World Aquatics Championships Men's 200m Freestyle Silver Medalist Hwang Seon-woo
World Aquatics Championships Men’s 200m Freestyle Silver Medalist Hwang Seon-woo

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Now it’s Woo Sang-hyuk’s turn to answer.

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Woo Sang-hyuk is a strong contender for the men’s high jump at the World (outdoor) Athletics Championships, which will open on July 15th in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

He recently gave up the world No. 1 spot in the men’s high jump in 2022 to Ilya Ivanuk (Russia).

In the match held in Moscow, Russia on the 7th, Ivanuk surpassed 2m34 and broke Woo Sang-hyeok’s outdoor individual maximum of 2m33 this season by 1cm. This is the world record for outdoor events in 2022.

However, Ivanuk also lost his place when the World Athletics Federation refused to participate in the Eugene World Championships in Belarus, which helped Russia and Russia invaded Ukraine.

In the 2022 indoor season, which ended in 2022, Woo Sang-hyuk alone set the world’s 1st to 3rd place records (2m36, 2m35, 2m34), and also wrote the world’s 2nd-4th place records (2m33, 2m32, 2m30) in the outdoor event in 2022.

Other than Ivanuk and Woo Sang-hyeok, no jumper has ever jumped more than 2m 31 in this year’s outdoor event.

Woo Sang-hyuk said, “I am preparing well as planned. After training in Incheon and other countries until the 30th, I plan to go to the United States and train locally with American high jumpers.”

The dreams of Woo Sang-hyeok and Hwang Seon-woo are also reaching the 2024 Paris Olympics.

If Woo Sang-hyuk’s wish comes true, Korean sports fans will be able to witness for the first time ever, a precious scene in which a Korean won gold medals in both athletics and swimming at the Olympics.

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