Filipino Pole Vaulter EJ Obiena Makes Asian Record, Gets Gold in Austria

Filipino Pole Vaulter EJ Obiena Makes New Asian Record and Gets Gold in Austria

EJ brought pride to the Philippines today!

Filipino Pole Vaulter EJ Obiena had the best night of his life as he broke the Asian record on pole vaulting in Innsbruck, Austria on 12 Sep 2021 (PH time). The record was previously held by Kazakhstan’s Igor Potapovich since 1998. But that all changed when EJ Obiena not only beat his record but also won the gold medal in the 2021 Golden Roof Challenge.

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Obiena set the new record at 5.93 metres and broke his personal record of 5.91 metres, which he achieved just a few weeks prior in the Paris Diamond League. He attempted his new record having already bagged the gold after his opponents bowed out at 5.80 metres. 

Watch EJ make history in this video clip:

In the video posted by Records!, EJ appeared to be confident and smiling before he began to run for the leap. The Austrian crowd is heard and seen cheering him on as he makes the Asian record. The 25-year-old couldn’t hide his happiness as he’s seen roaring and pointing to the audience in gratitude. “I wanted this one so bad. I couldn’t have done it without all of you guys,” Obiena told the crowd. 

USA’s Matt Ludwig came second while Turkey’s Ersu Sasma came third place. 

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Congratulations are in order for EJ Obiena who brought pride to his country today. He deserves all the praise for setting the new standard for Asian pole vaulting. 

Video credited to Records! | Official YouTube Channel

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