EJ OBIENA BAGS SILVER MEDAL IN POLAND, BREAKS NEW PH POLE VAULT RECORD
Filipino vaulter Ej Obiena seized the silver medal in the Orlen Indoor Cup at Atlas Arena in Poland and reset his new record indoors on Saturday.
The Filipino pride Obiena set the new record playing at 5.86 meters which landed him in 2nd place spot and American Sam Kendricks bagging the 1st place.
Kendricks beat Obiena as he cleared 5.86 meters on just one attempt while the latter finished it with three attempts. While next in place is the Olympic gold medalist Thiago Braz and finished 5.80 meters.
Prior to this victory, Obiena’s triumph was 5.80 meters that gave him a gold medal in an outdoor competition in Italy last year and about to battle at the Tokyo Summer Games in July.
“Even a one-centimeter increment is already a significant achievement at this level. This is not easily done. The fact that he could raise the bar in this short time is a good sign,” said Obiena’s father.
In addition, he believed that Ej can be at par with the likes of world record holders Armand Duplantis and Renaud Lavillenie who had gone over the 6-meter.
“I can see EJ improving some more in the next few months. Looking forward, EJ and his team are mindful of the potential for injury and will adjust their regimen accordingly. He’ll most likely break the Philippine indoor record again before the season is over,” Athletics chief Philip Ella Juico averred as he told ESPN5.
“I’ve moved forward. A silver, a new personal best and a new Philippine record. Back home, we call it 3-in-1. Thank you!” stated in Obiena’s Facebook post.