EJ Obiena scores new PH pole vaulting record

EJ Obiena breaks own PHL record (EJ Obiena Instagram)

By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña

Filipino prized pole vaulter EJ Obiena is currently on a hot streak after breaking his own PH record with a new mark of 5.91-meters during the Paris leg of the 2021 Wanda Diamond League.

Obiena shattered his previous national record of 5.87-meters during the Irena Szewińska Memorial/Bydgoszcz Cup.

Fresh off of the Athletissima stint in Lausanne, Switzerland, Obiena immediately buckled to work and displayed his best performance since the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Obiena’s 5.91-meters clearing score delivered him the tournament’s second-place behind Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Armand Duplantis of Sweden with 6.01-meters.

It was a tightly contested battle as Obiena, Duplantis, and American Christopher Nielsen all cleared the 5.91-meter mark and were set to conquer the 5.96-meters.

In the new height, Duplantis had an easy time clearing but the Filipino and USA’s bet was placed in a win-or-go-home situation after missing their first two attempts.

Obiena was the one who advanced after pulling off a clutch performance but wasn’t able to deliver in the 6.01-meters.

With the finish, the Filipino pole vaulter qualified for the next leg of the tournament and is seeking to punch a grand finals ticket to the Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich on September 8 and 9.