The Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena is traveling to the Diamond League final in Zurich, Switzerland, which will take place from September 8th to 9th.
He is the first Filipino to see action in the final of the Athletics League, which began in 2010.
After winning the silver medal and setting a new national record in the Paris stage on August 28th, Obiena’s latest result was a 10th place in Brussels on Friday September 3rd.
Obiena managed 5.65 meters, which was far from his record performance of 5.91 meters in Paris.
The pole vault prodigy Armand Duplantis from Sweden, who also won Olympic gold in Tokyo, continues to dominate the competition with another top placement and sets the competition record with 6.05 m.
The American-Swede tried to set his own world record with 6.19 m, but failed in all three attempts.
Christopher Nilsen, who won silver at the Tokyo Olympics, was again second behind Duplantis, while compatriot KC Lightfoot took bronze when both Americans finished 5.85m.
Obiena nailed his No. 5 career world rankings after his performance in Paris to recover from an eleventh place in the Tokyo Olympics. – Rappler.com
Better known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler covering the Philippine sports administration, national teams, soccer and the UAAP.
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