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(Olympics) S. Korean high jumper Woo Sang-hyeok makes history in Tokyo

All News 21:56 August 01, 2021

SEOUL, Aug. 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korean high jumper Woo Sang-hyeok made history at the Tokyo Olympics Sunday, setting a new national record and achieving the highest ranking in an Olympic track-and-field event for the country.

In the finals of men's high jump held at the Olympic Stadium, Woo cleared 2.35m in his first attempt, breaking the Korean record of 2.34m set by Lee Jin-taek in 1997.

He also raised his personal best height by 4cm in his Olympic debut.

The 25-year old finished 4th after failing to jump the bar at 2.39m, while Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy and Maksim Nedasekau of Belarus reached the podium.

Despite Woo's failure to win a medal, he notched the highest ranking at Olympic tournaments won by any South Korean field and track athletes.

Before him, Lee had held the record, placing eighth at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

South Korean Woo Sang-hyeok competes in the finals of men's high jump at the Tokyo Olympics at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Aug. 1, 2021. (Yonhap)


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