Filipino vaulter Ej Obiena secured his position for the men’s vault finals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after landing in 10th place in the qualification round.

/ 1 August 2021

“I made it to the finals!” the 25-year old Obiena expressed after his failed two attempts in 5.75 meters

Obiena easily cleared the 5.50m and 5.65m but when it was moved to 5.75, the Pinoy ace found it hard to jump and finished it after three attempts

“I struggled mentally then I didn’t feel confident. There’s no reason why I felt that way. I was sluggish and it was really strange. I didn’t feel like me until the bar was moved to 5.75. Then I moved back to my coach. I don’t want to be negative about it,” he explained after such a feat.

“After my performance, I realized that I need to start moving and feel normal,” he added.

While it was Bo Kanda Lita Bahre of Germany and Christopher Nilsen of the US who topped the qualification round, followed by Armand Duplantis of Sweden and KC Lightfoot of the US, also clearing the 5.75 meters.

Obiena is now ready to see action in the final round on August 3 where he posted on his Facebook page his gratitude stating that “thank you for all your prayers after some nerve-wracking moments.”