EJ Obiena broke the Asian pole vault record, which was more than two decades on the way to winning gold at the Golden Roof Challenge 2021 in Austria on Saturday 11th.
The Filipino set a new record of 5.93 Meters when he overshadowed the previous Asian mark of 5.92 meters held by Kazakhstan’s Igor Potapovich since 1998.
He also broke his personal and national record of 5.91 million that he set in the Paris Diamond League a few weeks ago in August.
After all of his opponents bowed and the gold medal was already in his pocket, Obiena tried to overcome 5.93 m in order to rewrite Asian pole vault history.
But the 25-year-old – cheered on by the encouraging crowd in Innsbruck – did not give in this time escape when he exceeded 5.93 meters on the third and final attempt, then fell on his knees and let out a huge roar.
“I wanted this so badly. Without all of you I wouldn’t have made it, ”Obiena said as he thanked the crowd for their support.
The American Matt Ludwig finished second and defeated the Turkish Ersu Sasma for the silver medal according to the count-back rule after both had cleared 5.60 m.
Ludwig only needed one try to get over Jump 5,60m while it took Sasma two tries to finish third.
Other pole vaulters who took part in the competitions are Timur Morgunov from Authorized Neutral Athletes, Menno Vloon from the Netherlands and Riccard Klotz from Austria. – Rappler.com
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