EJ Obiena sets new Asian continental record in pole vault

The achievement comes just two weeks after the vaulter broke his own Philippine record.

EJ Obiena sets new Asian continental record in pole vault
(Image: Getty via Olympics)

Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena has once again outdone himself by setting a new Asian continental record in the Golden Roof Challenge held in Innsbruck, Austria, where he also took home a gold medal in the process.

Coming off a fourth-place finish in the Diamond League final held on Friday, the 25-year-old Tokyo Olympian had the gold already secured after clearing 5.80m. Still, he managed to soar the height of 5.93m on his third and last try, breaking the 23-year-old record set by Kazakh pole vaulter Igor Potapovich by a mere centimeter. 

The feat also eclipsed his personal and national record of 5.91m, a height he set during the Paris Diamond League last August.

“I wanted this so bad,” Obiena said to the crowd shortly after the record-setting jump, per Inquirer Sports. “I couldn’t have done it without all of you guys.”

Congratulations, EJ!


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