The Filipino pole vaulter led the Folksam Grand Prix in Sweden on Wednesday June 2nd (Thursday June 3rd, Philippine time), exactly 50 days before the four-year meeting.

Obiena took 5.70 meters to get the gold medal, while Thiago Braz, the Olympic champion of Rio 2016, won the silver with a height of 5.65 meters, followed by Pal Haugen Lillefosse (5.60 meters ).

Before the start of the outdoor season, the 25-year-old had a successful indoor run by breaking the Philippine record three times in early 2021.

Obiena became the first Filipino to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and continues to be a top bet on a medal in the global sports showcase, which will run from July 23rd to August 8th.

In 2019, he broke the Philippine outdoor record three times and won the elusive Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gold.

Obiena won the country’s first bronze medal in the 2020 Monaco Diamond League last August.

He continues to train with Olympic gold medalist Vitaly Petrov in Formia, Italy while applying for the Tokyo Games elevated. –

Beatrice, better known as “Bee”, is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler covering the Philippine sports administration, national teams, soccer and the UAAP.

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