Ej Obiena bagged fourth place at the Stockholm leg of the Wanda Diamond League after registering 5.82 meters on the first attempt.

/ 7 July 2021

The Filipino vault sensation was faced against the rugged vaulters as the world number 1 vaulter Armand Duplantis of Sweden cleared 6.02 setting another new best record.

Next in place is the second in the world and finished the 5.92 meters and third place was taken by Renaud Lavillenie of France that cleared the 5.92 meters on the second try.

Obiena tried to reset his best record of 5.87m during the Bydgoszcz Cup in Poland by clearing the 5.92m yet failed after exhausting all his three attempts.

Yet Ej’s father who was also national pole-vault coach Emerson affirmed that his son was so close to clearing the 5.92m on his third attempt.

“EJ was already standing on the landing mat when the bar fell. But I saw a clip showing his body soaring clearly over the bar at that height,” he said. 

Buti hindi siya nag-bail out kung ‘di wala siyang feedback kay coach Vitaly (Petrov, the World Athletics training camp head coach).”

Nevertheless, there is a standing fact that Obiena surpassed Piotr Lisek of Poland, ranked No. 3 and world No. 5 Christopher Nilsen of the United States who registered 5.82m and 5.72m, respectively.