The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) congratulated EJ Obiena after the pole vaulter broke the Asian record on Saturday.

The Olympian cracked the 5.93-meter mark at the International Golden Roof Challenge in Austria, surpassing the 5.92-meter Asian record previously set by Igor Potapovich from Kazakhstan.

“Even small and subtle adjustments that are not noticed by ordinary laypeople like us can become a turning point and turning point at the highest level of a very technical and dangerous event like the pole vault, “said PATAFA President Philip Juico.

He said that such changes make a” big difference “to a one-off event like the pole vault.

” We believe Obiena is working towards consistency in performance and a more robust mental strength action plan, “he added.