Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena reached new heights when he set a new personal and national record and a silver medal in the Paris Diamond League on Saturday, August 28th.

Obiena broke the previous mark of 5.87 m, which he reached in June in Poland after he had overcome 5.91 m and ended up just behind the world record holder and newly crowned Olympic champion Armand Duplantis from Sweden.

Duplantis, whose world record is 6.18 m, won the gold medal in Paris with 6.01 m.

Annoyed by his eleventh place at the recent Olympic Games in Tokyo, where he jumped 5.70 m, Obiena proves that he has even more to show by he crossed 5.91m in just one attempt.

Obiena committed two fouls on 5.96m and failed to exceed 6.01m on his last remaining attempt, paving the way for Duplantis to to get the gold.

It was a brilliant achievement for Obiena as he defeated the Americans Christopher Nilsen, the silver medalist in Tokyo, and Sam Kendricks, the bronze winner of the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Nilsen hit 5.81 million while Kendricks – who missed the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for the coronavirus – hit 5.73 million. –

Delfin Diochino dreamed of becoming a PBA player but he didn’t have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to be an athlete – to write about her.

He started journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler after graduating in 2017.

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