WATCH: Filipino champion pole vaulter EJ Obiena delivers gold win in L’Aquila

EJ Obiena L’Aquila
EJ Obiena jumps amid the backdrop of the Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio. Screengrab from Obiena post.

Filipino champion pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena has delivered a gold-winning performance in the L’Aquila, Italy leg of the 2022 European City of Sports event.

Obiena cleared 5.85 meters in his jump in front of the crowd gathered at the majestic Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio.

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The 26-year-old athlete went on social media to post the videos of his winning jump at the sports event held on May 30 (May 31, Manila time).

“It’s not everyday we get to jump in such beautiful places. 5.85m for the🏅here in L’Aquila Italy. Such a beautiful venue jumping in front of Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio.
📷: @mattiacaputo_ & @riccardo.farroni”

The L’Aquila jump betters Obiena’s recent new Southeast Asian Games record of 5.46 meters.

The holder of the Asian pole vault record of 5.93 meters executed in Austria in 2021 had earlier this year reset the Philippine national record to 5.91 meters at the Perche Elite Tour in France.

The World No. 5 in men’s pole vaulting has also qualified for the following events:

  • July 15 to 24, 18th World Athletics Championships – Oregon, USA
  • September 12 to 25, 19th Asian Games – Hangzhou, China

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below as EJ Obiena continues to soar high for the Philippines in world pole vaulting events!

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