Woo Sang-hyeok captured Korea’s first Diamond League Final title. It was the same height as the Korean high jumper’s national record of 2.35 meters. It was enough to earn the gold medal at the men’s high jump event. In addition, he got the prize money of $30,000.
The 2022 World Athletics Championships were held at Hayward Field, where Woo won silver.
Only the best six scorers in the field events across all 13 Diamond League meets advanced to the final competition. After being the first Korean to qualify for the Diamond League Final by placing fourth in points, Woo made even more history by ultimately claiming victory in the competition.
Korean High Jumper Woo Sang-hyeok Wins Gold
Poland’s Norbert Kobielski came in second after jumping 2.33m. The third-place finisher, American JuVaughn Harrison, leaped 2.33 meters like Kobielski but took an extra two tries to do it. According to sports forum reports, Woo required one attempt to jump over 2.15m, 2.20m, 2.25m, and 2.29m. Even at 2.29 meters, Harrison maintained his excellent form.
When the height of the bar was increased to 2.33 meters, Woo quickly cleared it on his first try. However, Harrison needed three attempts before he was successful.
According to sports news reports, Kobielski, who had to try twice to clear 2.29m, pushed Woo by going over 2.33m on his first attempt. Woo broke away from the group as the bar was lowered to 2.35m. After two unsuccessful tries, Woo finally cleared the bar on his third try and won the gold after Kobielski and Harrison failed to do so on their final three efforts.
The two finest men’s high jumpers in history, Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim (three-time world champion, 2021 Olympic gold medallist) and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi (twice world champion, 2017 co-Olympic gold medalist), were both noticeably absent from today’s Diamond League Final.
At next month’s Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, Woo and Barshim will resume their battle. According to sports betting sources, the men’s high jump final is scheduled for Thursday, October 4, while the opening ceremony is this Saturday.