“Smile Jumper” Woo Sang-hyuk (27, Yongin City Hall) became the first South Korean to win a World Athletics Diamond League Final title .Woo cleared 2.35 meters to win the men’s high jump at the 2023 World Athletics Diamond League Final at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, USA, on Sunday (July 17).The moment his victory was confirmed, Woo beamed as he held up the diamond-shaped trophy .Woo also took home $30,000 (about $40 million) in prize money for winning the Diamond League Final. Second-place finisher Norbert Kowielski (26-POL) and third-place finisher Jubon Harrison (24-USA) both jumped 2.33 meters .Woo cleared 2.15, 2.20, 2.25 and 2.29 in the first round. Woo and Harrison were the only two athletes to clear 2.29 without a single failure .Woo took the lead with a first-round clearance of 2.33m.After failing at 2.25 and 2.29, Kowielski cleared 2.33 in the first period .Harrison cleared 2.33 meters in the third period, putting pressure on Woo. However, it was Woo who emerged as the 2023 Diamond League Final champion .Woo roared to 2.35 meters in the third period, matching the outdoor Korean record he set at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics (fourth) and 2022 World Championships in Eugene (second).The Korean Association of Athletics Federations combines the indoor and outdoor records for the men’s high jump. The Korean record for the men’s high jump is 2.36 meters (indoor), held by Woo Sang-hyuk. After Kowielski and Harrison failed to clear 2.33 meters in three attempts, Woo clinched the title. Woo was congratulated by his competitors, including Harrison, and celebrated with a diamond-shaped trophy that he said he “really wanted to keep. “Woo has now effectively secured his place at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games .The standard for the Paris Games is 2.33 meters, and the qualification period is from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024. Woo passed the Olympic standard early The first Korean athlete to compete 안전놀이터 in the Diamond League Finals, he won the title and passed the Paris Olympic standard.

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