Filipino Olympians: 5 facts to know about pole vaulter EJ Obiena

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Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena is set to represent the Philippines in the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo: Philippine Sports Commission)
Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena is set to represent the Philippines in the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo: Philippine Sports Commission)
  • Athletics in his blood: EJ Obiena is the son of former national pole vaulter Emerson Obiena and former Centro Escolar University hurdling student-athlete Jeanette Obiena.

Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena. (Photo: Ernest Obiena/Instagram)
Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena. (Photo: Ernest Obiena/Instagram)
  • He is a product of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) track and field program.

Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena. (Photo: Ernest Obiena/Instagram)
Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena. (Photo: Ernest Obiena/Instagram)
  • In 2019, he cleared 5.81 meters in an outdoor pole-vaulting tournament in Italy to become the first Filipino athlete to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena. (Photo: Ernest Obiena/Instragram)
Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena. (Photo: Ernest Obiena/Instragram)
  • Philippine national record-holder: Weeks before the Tokyo Games, he cleared 5.87m in the Irena Szwewinska Memorial/Bydgoszcz Cup in Poland and smashed his own national record, eclipsing the 5.85m record he set in Mossingen, Germany in June.

Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena. (Photo: Ernest Obiena/Instagram)
Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena. (Photo: Ernest Obiena/Instagram)
  • He is the first Filipino vaulter to compete in the Olympics since Edward Lasquete, who represented the country in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

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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