Cover EJ Obiena makes new record (Photo: Christian Petersen/AFP)

Obiena makes history as he resets the Asian record and his personal best with a 5.94-metre clearance on his second attempt to become the first Filipino on the world championship stage

Obiena was successful in setting another feat last Monday, July 25, 2022 (PHT), at the World Athletics Championship (WAC) held in the United States. The athlete bagged the bronze medal following his 5.94-metre clearance, which reset his personal best and the overall record in Asia.

In an interview, Obiena revealed that his leap was unexpected. "This was something I really wanted, but I do not know if I was expecting it," he said. "I would not think that it would actually take that high to win a medal," he added.

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Obiena tried to do 6.00-metre but he could not get off the ground after three attempts. World record holder Mondo Duplantis of Sweden took the gold medal home, while American athlete Chris Nilsen obtained silver through countback.

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The 26-year-old Filipino pole vaulter is set to return to competitions in just a few weeks. He will be competing in Poland for the Diamond League where he will go up against Duplantis and Nilsen. His avid supporters expect to see him in Hungary. He is also looking forward to suiting up anew in the Asian Games and SEA Games, both slated for 2023.

I think that's two years or actually a year and a half from now, I mean that's the plan. That's definitely what I want to achieve," Obiena revealed in a press conference. "Mondo is actually a force to be respected and reckoned with, Chris is a competitor and everybody else in the field so if it's gonna be a medal, I can't say."

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"There's still a lot of things that I haven't won and there's a lot of things that I still want to do in the sport and yeah, I think that's a great motivator to keep moving forward and keep doing what I do," the athlete disclosed.


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