EJ Obiena climbs to 6th pole vault in the world – Manila bulletin


Photo from EJ Obiena’s Facebook page

EJ Obiena rose to career-high 6 in the world in pole vault ahead of his campaign at the Tokyo Olympics at the end of the month.

Obiena rose from No.10 after successful campaigns in various international competitions where he reset his national outdoor record twice last June.

World record holder Armand Duplantis remains the best pole vaulter in the world, followed by bronze medalist at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Sam Kendricks of the United States, three-time world championship medalist Piotr Lisek of Poland, Rio 2016 Olympic Games winner and three-time indoor world champion Renaud Lavillenie of France and United States champion Chris Nilsen.

Obiena said he would use this recent achievement to continue to surpass himself as he aims for a podium at the Olympics.

“Pursue your passion and prepare to work hard, very hard. The work continues but it fills me with inspiration and gratitude, ”Obiena wrote on her Facebook page.

“The Olympics are very close and no one can predict the results, but rest assured the fighting spirit is alive and well. We will not only proudly represent the Philippines, but we will fight for their glory. “

Obiena opened his outdoor season with a golden performance at the Track and Field Grand Prix in Gothenburg, Germany on June 2 with 5.70m.

He continued a few days later with a performance of 5.80m at the FBK Games in Hengelo, the Netherlands, to settle for the silver medal behind world record holder Armand Duplantis of Sweden.

Obiena then stepped up his Olympic preparations after eclipsing his outside mark of 5.81m PH by clearing 5.85m for the old medal during the Jump and Fly competition in Mossingen, Germany on June 11.

Since then, Obiena has crossed the bar at 5.80m and above, including the True Athletes Classics in Leverkusen, Germany.

He again surpassed his national mark of 5.85m outdoors at the Irena Szewinska Memorial-Bydgoszcz Cup in Poland in late June, scoring 5.87m for silver.

He dominated the pole vault Taby Stav Gala Street in Sweden with 5.80m to earn a place at the prestigious Bauhaus-Galan Wanda Diamond League Meet earlier this month, and finally finished fourth at 5.82m behind Duplantis, Kendricks and Lavillenie.

The said Diamond League Meet serves as a preview of the Olympics with all eight participants also seeing the action in Tokyo.



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