The 26-year-old Filipino pride pole vaulter and Olympic athlete, Ernest John Obiena — puts the Philippines in the limelight during the competition of the World Athletics Championship 2022 with a bronze medal finish in the men’s pole vault in Eugene, Oregon, United States, on July 24.
After defending his SEA Games title, the pole vault sensation makes a historic win for the Philippines as it is the first time the country has clinched a place in the highly regarded event— the World Championships.
Obiena shattered the Asian record and his personal best, clearing the bar at 5.94 meters, surpassing his previous record of 5.93m from the September 2021 International Golden Roof Challenge in Austria.
He successfully crossed over the bar on his second attempt, whereas USA’s Chris Nilsen cleared the same height on his first try, letting him take home the silver medal.
World record holder Mondo Duplantis of Sweden bagged the gold medal, setting a new World best of 6.21m.
Currently, EJ Obiena ranks sixth in the world for the men’s pole vault category and maintains an eye on earning an Olympic medal.
LAYOUT BY: Triesha Mae D. Galang
PHOTO SOURCES: Olympics, The Star, Inquirer