Obiena wins Asian Athletics Championships pole vault gold

Mark Escarlote on Apr 22, 2019 10:46 AM
Obiena wins Asian Athletics Championships pole vault gold
EJ Obiena marked a new tournament record with his gold medal win in the 2019 Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar on Sunday (pboto via screen grab)

EJ Obiena ended the country’s decade-long gold medal drought in the Asian Athletics Championships after ruling the men’s pole vault in record fashiion on Sunday in Doha, Qatar.

The 23-year-old Obiena marked a new tournament record, his personal and Philippine-best in his 11th attempt, clearing 5.71 meters in his first try to edge out Chinese bets Zhang Wei and Huang Bokai.    

Obiena failed to clear 5.66 meters in his 10th run before going for the new standard that erased the 5.70 meter record of Kazakh Grigoriy Yegorov in the 1993 Manila meet.

His victory came 10 years after Marestella Torres topped the women’s long jump.

 

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