The sight of the Philippine flag on the stands of the stadium in Germany accordingly added to his joy of snaring the gold for the second time in one week’s time, EJ Obiena said on his Facebook account.
Ernest John “EJ” Obiena, the Filipino pole vaulter who recently clinched the gold medal at the ISTAF in Berlin, Germany, has once again secured a gold medal on Wednesday (Manila time) at the NetAachen Domspringen pole vault tournament in Aachen, Germany. He achieved this feat by successfully clearing the bar at 5.92 meters. Sam Kendricks of the United States took the silver with a 5.87-meter performance, while Thibault Collet of France secured the bronze by clearing 5.82 meters.
It’s worth noting that the world’s number one pole vaulter and world record holder, Armand Duplantis of Sweden, and USA’s Christopher Nilsen did not participate in this tournament.
Just a few days prior, on September 4th, Obiena had also cleared 5.92 meters to claim the gold medal at the Istaf Berlin held at the Olympiastadion in Germany.
Obiena’s upcoming major competition is the Asian Games, set to take place later this month in Hangzhou, China. Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino has expressed confidence in Obiena’s ability to secure a gold medal at the event during a recent public briefing. (ai/mnm)