Choi Jin-woo, The Promising High Jumper

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[Asian Games] Choi Jin-woo, the promising high jumper, “I will use loneliness as my driving force”



“I will use loneliness as a driving force.”

Choi Jin-woo (18, Ulsan Sports Science High School), a promising high jumper in track and field, won the gold medal by exceeding 2m10 in the high school finals of the 104th Jeonnam National Sports Festival held at Mokpo Stadium in Jeollanam-do on the 16th.

To some extent, this was a predictable result. 온라인카지노

Choi Jin-woo is a promising prospect who is drawing great expectations as the successor to world-class jumper Woo Sang-hyuk (Yongin City Hall).

In the finals that day, the gap between Choi Jin-woo and the last-ranked jumpers was very large.

Second place Junho Yoon (Gwangju Physical Education High School) recorded 1m 95, 15cm lower than him.

However, Choi Jin-woo seemed to feel more regret than satisfaction despite winning.

Of course, 2m 10 is less than the 2m 13 he surpassed at last year's National Sports Festival.

Choi Jin-woo's goal for this competition was said to be 2m25, a high school Korean record that no one, including Woo Sang-hyuk, has broken since Cho Hyun-wook in 1988.

However, he failed to surpass 2m20 three times, and in the end, his previous success of 2m10 became his winning record.

Choi Jin-woo said, "I was going to pass 2m20 and then try 2m26, but it's disappointing."

When evaluating Choi Jin-woo's record this season, it is difficult to say that he has 'progressed'.

Choi Jin-woo, who won last year's Under-18 Asian Championships by clearing 2m21, came in second place at this year's Under-20 Asian Championships by clearing 2m20.

At the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, where he competed for the first time in his life, he reached the finals with 2m15, and finished 10th with the same record in the finals.

It seems that it is difficult to go beyond 2m20.

Choi Jin-woo said, "It is true that I did not perform as well as last year due to frequent injuries and poor condition.

This year was a difficult year for me," and added, "I think I experienced (the slump) early.

Now that I have experienced it once, I can escape from it faster next time than this year."

“I think there will be,” he said.

Athletes in record sports have to fight a lonely battle with themselves.

Choi Jin-woo is even more lonely because he cannot find an opponent among his peers.

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