Woo Sang-hyuk (27, Yongin City Hall) finished second at the Hangzhou Asian Games after a hard-fought battle with Mutaz Essa Barsim (32, Qatar).Woo Sang-hyuk cleared 2.33 meters to finish second in the men’s high jump final at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games on Thursday at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Main Stadium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. Barsim cleared 2.35 meters to beat Woo and win his third Asian Games gold medal. Woo, who finished 10th at Incheon 2014 as a high schooler with a height of 2.20 meters, won silver at Jakarta-Palembang 2018 with a height of 2.28 meters. After making the leap to world-class jumper at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021 (fourth at 2.35m), Woo won the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade in 2022 (2.34m), finished second at the World Outdoor Championships in Eugene (2.35m) and won the Diamond League Final this year (2.35m).In five years, Woo has risen from the top of Asia to become one of the world’s best jumpers, and in Hangzhou, he was looking to win his first Asian Games gold medal, but was unable to break through the barrier of the ‘best in class’ Varsity. After entering the stadium with his arms raised in the air as the public address announcer introduced him as the “2023 Diamond League Final Champion”, Woo cleared the bar with a flawless performance. The competition started at 2.00 meters, but Woo passed 2.00 and 2.10 before making his first jump at 2.15.After clearing 2.15 on his first attempt, Woo also cleared 2.19, 2.23, 2.26, and 2.29 on his first attempt. Barshim started the competition at 2.19 meters and cleared 2.23, 2.26 and 2.29 without fail. When the bar was raised to 2.31 meters, only Woo, Barsim and Tomohiro Shinno (JPN) remained. Woo and Barshim cleared 2.31 meters in the first attempt, while Shinno failed in the first through third attempts, setting up a two-way battle for the title.At 2.33 meters, Woo and Barshim were also successful in the first period .It’s not often that you see two athletes compete through 2.33m without a single failure at the World Championships .The crack came at 2.35m.Woo failed in the first attempt, but Barsim cleared 2.35 meters in the first attempt .With no point in clearing 2.35m, Woo raised the bar to 2.37m, higher than his Korean indoor record (2.36m), and tried twice, but failed to touch the bar .Barsim is the ‘best jumper alive’, having won three consecutive world titles at London 2017, Doha 2019 and Eugene 2022, and tied for first place with Jean-Marco Tamberi (ITA) at Tokyo 2020.At the Asian Games, he won back-to-back titles in Guangzhou in 2010 and Incheon in 2014 before missing Jakarta-Palembang in 2018 with an ankle injury. Barshim withdrew from the Diamond League Final last month to focus on his Asian Games preparations and won the gold medal he 스포츠토토존 wanted. Woo said he had a “world-class battle” with Barsim, but was unable to get over the final hurdle.

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