This is getting to be a welcome habit.
Pole vaulter EJ Obiena eclipsed his own men’s and juniors record when he cleared 5.15 meters at the Junior Men Pole Vault during the PSC-Patafa Weekly Relay at the PhilSports Oval in Pasig.
Obiena’s vault was better than the 5.01 men’s and junior’s mark he set just a few weeks ago.
He accomplished the feat after three attempts. He cleared 5.06 in his first attempt. He then passed the 5.10 mark in his second attempt and completed the 5.15 in his third.
The 5.15 mark tied the gold medal vault in the past Southeast Asia Games competition held in Myanmar.
The sky appears to be the limit for Obiena. He had earlier erased the 22-year Philippine mark of 5.0 meters set by Fil-Am Edward Lasquete in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with his vault of 5.01. The 5.0 meters was a mark set more than three years before Obiena was even born in 1995.
Obiena also reset the standard national junior mark which he raised from 4.31 meters to 5.01 in just three years.
Obiena continues to improve dramatically after his month-long training in Italy under coach Vitaly Petrov who coached former world record holder Sergey Bubka.
Setting this new mark is a definitely a bitter-sweet experience for Obiena who narrowly missed qualifying to the IAAF World Juniors in Eugene, Oregon. The standard was 5.05 meters which he had to tie on or before July 7. He could not meet the deadline and missed the opportunity to compete in the stage beside the world’s best junior athletes.
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