Ernest John “EJ” Obiena, the Filipino pole vaulter, has soared to a career-high position as the second-best pole vaulter in the world.

According to World Athletics statistics, he achieved an impressive score of 1432, surpassing American Christopher Nilsen, who held a score of 1428.

The reigning Olympic champion and world record holder, Sweden’s Armand Duplantis, continues to reign supreme as the world’s number one pole vaulter, with an outstanding score of 1569.

Securing the fourth spot is American athlete Sam Kendricks, who scored 1352, while the fifth position goes to Brazil’s 2016 Olympic champion, Thiago Braz.

Overjoyed with his achievement, Obiena expressed his gratitude on his social media handles, thanking everyone who contributed to his success and acknowledging those who supported him throughout his journey.

At 27 years old, hailing from Tondo, EJ Obiena has already qualified for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Paris, France. His exceptional performance, clearing 5.82 meters at the Bauhaus Galan in Sweden, solidified his spot in the prestigious sporting event. (ai/mnm)