EJ Obiena smashed his own Philippine outdoor pole vault record once again on Thursday (1 July).
In the buildup to the Tokyo Olympics, Obiena cleared 5.87 meters in the Irena Szwewinska Memorial/Bydgoszcz Cup in Poland, eclipsing the 5.85-meters record he set in Mossingen, Germany last month.
The Filipino athlete captured a silver medal in the international meet behind American pole vaulter Chris Nilson, who cleared 5.92 meters. Completing the cast of podium finishers was bronze medalist Plotr Lisek of Poland with his 5.82-meter effort.
Obiena, 25, managed to set the new national record after two tries. He then attempted to clear 5.92 meters in three attempts but failed, settling for second place.
Obiena aims to continue picking up steam ahead of the Summer Games as he turns his attention to the Bauhas-Galan, another international athletics meet, which will commence on July 4 at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium in Sweden.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.
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