EJ Obiena bags bronze, matches PH indoor record in Sweden

EJ Obienna

Ernest Obiena of the Philippines competes in the Mondo Classic pole vault in the gala format at the IFU Arena in Uppsala on February 2, 2023. (Photo by Fredrik SANDBERG / TT News Agency / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines—EJ Obiena hit two birds with one arrow after winning bronze and equaling the Philippines’ indoor record at the Mondo Classic at the IFU Arena in Uppsala, Sweden on Friday (Manila time).

Obiena overcame a season-best 5.91 metres, matching his performance on the Perch Elite Tour in France last year.

World record holder Armand Duplantis of Sweden reached 6.10m to win the gold medal.

America’s KC Lightfoot scored the same as Obiena but in a second attempt to claim the silver medal. Obiena tried three times to finish third.

Obiena, 27, tried to cross the 6.00m and 6.05m but failed on both occasions.

Obiena, the world’s number 3 pole vaulter, is about to win a gold medal at Perche En Or in Roubaix, France on Sunday.

The Tokyo Olympic athlete kicked off her 2023 indoor season with a silver medal at the Internationales Springer-Meeting meeting in Cottbus, Germany last month.


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