McLaughlin chose the 400m flats instead of the 400m hurdles he had previously won.
Jubon Harrison (24, USA), who won the World Athletics Federation Diamond League men’s high jump three times this year, will only participate in the “high jump” at the 2023 Budapest World Championships in Athletics.
This is news that further stimulates Woo Sang-hyeok (27, Yongin City Hall)’s competitive spirit.
On the 8th (Korean time), the US Athletics Federation released the names of the 139 athletes who will compete at the World Championships in Budapest.
Harrison was only selected to represent the men’s high jump. 스포츠토토
He won the men’s high jump championship at the U.S. national championships held last month and placed third in the long jump.
In the high jump and long jump, up to three athletes from each country can participate in the World Championships.
Harrison was not selected as a representative of this event because he did not exceed the men’s long jump standard record (8m25) during the ‘Budapest World Championship Record Recognition Period’.
The USA Athletics Federation selected Marquis Denby (30) and Jarrian Lawson (29), who came in first and second in the national team selection event, and Stephen McCarter (26), who finished fourth, as the men’s long jump representative for this World Championship.
All three of them passed the standard record.
Harrison is a high jump and long jump athlete.
Harrison, who holds personal best records of 2m36 high jump and 8m47 long jump, was recorded as “the world’s first player to jump over 2m30 high jump and over 8m40 long jump”.
At the Tokyo Olympics held in 2021, he ranked 5th in the long jump (8m15) and 7th in the high jump (2m33).
At the 2022 World Championships, which ended last year in Eugene, Oregon, USA, he was eliminated from the long jump U.S. national team selection event and competed only in the high jump.
In the high jump at the Eugene World Championships, he stayed in 9th place (2m27).
Harrison has been showing higher international competitiveness in the high jump since last year.
This year, he reached the top of the Diamond League in Doha (2m32), Rome and Florence (2m32), and London (2m35).
Woo Sang-hyuk took second place in Doha, Rome and Florence, and Mutaz Esa Barsim (32, Qatar) took second place in London.
Harrison is running second in the men’s high jump record this year (2m35) and first in ranking points (1,383 points).
At the World Championships in Budapest, which opens on the 19th, Harrison is expected to compete with Barshim and Woo Sang-hyeok for the championship.
At last year’s Eugene World Championships, Barshim took first place with 2m37 and Woo Sang-hyeok took second place with 2m35.
Sidney McLaughlin (24), considered the best athlete in women’s 400m hurdles history, decided not to challenge for a second straight 400m hurdles world championship and only participate in the 400m flat and 1,600m relay races.
McLaughlin secured his place at the World Championships in Budapest early on as the “defending champion” in the 400m hurdles.
He won two gold medals (400m hurdles and 1,600m relay) at the Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Eugene World Championships.
In the 400m hurdles, it was decided to set new world records at both the Tokyo Olympics (51.46 seconds) and the Eugene World Championships (50.68 seconds).
McLaughlin, who competed in the 400m flat race for the U.S. national team this year, set a personal best of 48.74 seconds and the best record in 2023, earning a ticket to the World Championships in Budapest.
The US track and field expected McLaughlin to challenge for three gold medals (400m hurdles, 400m, 1,600m relay) at the Budapest World Championships and the 2024 Paris Olympics.
However, McLaughlin gave up competing in the 400m hurdles and decided to focus on the 400m.
The current strongest player in the women’s 400m is Shawnee Miller-Weebo (29, Bahamas).
Miller-Wibo achieved two consecutive gold medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro and 2021 Tokyo Olympics in this event, and also took first place at the Eugene World Championships last year.
Miller-Weebo, who gave birth in April of this year, recently shocked her fans by declaring, “I’m going to compete at the World Championships in Budapest.”
Miller-Weebo, who has qualified for both the 200m and 400m, said, “I will pay more attention to the 200m.”
As the moves of McLaughlin and Miller-Weebo diverge, it is highly likely that the confrontation of the century will not be concluded.
The lineup of the ‘track and field powerhouse’ US national team is lined with star players.
A total of 10 players, including men’s 100m Fred Curley, 200m Noah Lyles and women’s 800m Ashing Mu, are aiming for a second consecutive World Championship title.
Sher-Cary Richardson, who the Associated Press called a “flashy sprinter,” is selected to represent the women’s 100m and 200m and compete in a major for the first time in her career.