The Philippines’ champion pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena soared to new heights after achieving a new personal and national record with his silver-medal performance in the 10th Wanda Diamond League meeting of the season in Paris, France.
The Filipino Olympian cleared 5.91 meters on his first try in the men’s pole vault event on August 28, 2021, surpassing his previous record of 5.87m which he set also with a silver win in Poland in June prior to his Tokyo Olympics participation.
EJ Obiena updated fans on his progress and thanked them for their support in helping him scale the new height.
“A 2nd place finish at the Paris 2021 Diamond League, and a new national record and personal best of 5.91m,” EJ Obiena wrote on his Facebook account.
“Thank you God! And thank you to those who keep on supporting and believing despite the ups and downs…getting there.” Obiena adds.
Obiena finished just behind newly crowned Olympic champion Armand Duplantis of Sweden, who tallied 6.01m to win the gold medal in Paris. Christopher Nilsen of the United States, who won silver in the Tokyo Olympics, finished third, clearing 5.81m.
The 25-year-old Filipino national athlete reached the finals of the men’s pole vault competition of the Tokyo Olympics.
Obiena will rejoin his fellow Olympians in the Brussels leg of the Diamond League in September.
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