Last Updated on May 17, 2023 by Andrew Pirie
Obiena wins 3rd SEA Games title
Cambodia—Phnom Penh On a rainy Monday afternoon, May 8, EJ Obiena proved why he is the Asian pole vault champion.
Obiena won his third Southeast Asian Games gold medal in severe rain and high gusts, defeating an upgraded field in the event where he is virtually unbeatable in the area.
Despite a one-hour rain delay, Obiena cleared 5.65m, breaking his SEA Games record of 5.46m from last year in Vietnam.
It’s hard. “This is definitely a different challenge,” he remarked.
Before rain halted play, Obiena cleared 5.20m and 5.40m.
The Asian record holder surpassed his SEA Games record by clearing 5.50m, then 5.55m, 5.60m, then 5.65m.
After his final vault, he yelled and bowed to a small but noisy Filipino crowd at the 75,000-seat Coliseum.
God-willing, this rain ceased when I jumped. I needed the crowd to do it. God planned everything. “I’m happy,” Obiena stated.
Kasinpob Chomchanad and Patsapong Amsamaring of Thailand won silver and bronze with jumps over 5.20m.
In his SEA Games debut, Elijah Cole failed to pass 4.90m after three attempts.
Obiena ties Asian Indoor Record
Ernest Obiena tied the Asian and Philippine Indoor record with a 5.91m leap, in Upssala at the Mondo Classic on Feb 2, 2023. The mark tied his record of 5.91m set in the Perche Elite Tour in France, Rouen France in 2022. The Mondo Classic is named after the man himself Mondo Duplantis the world record holder, who went on to win his own event in 6.10m. KC Lightfoot took second in 5.91 was KC Lightfoot.
Obiena failed to clear heights at 6.00m and 6.05m.
Up next for Obiena are the Orlen Cup Lodz (Feb 4 ) and the Orlen Cup Copernicus ( Feb 8 ) in Poland.
EJ Obiena might be out of Asian indoors
Obiena Clears 5.82m
EJ Obiena participated again in Perche En Or in Roubaix, France. And the good thing is he won 1st place where he improved his jump to 5.82m. So, Congratulations EJ! This is your second win for 2023.
EJ Obiena – First 2 Performances of 2023
ATHLETICS | EJ Obiena opened his 2023 indoor season with a 5.77-meter leap and settled for silver at Springer International in Cottbus, Germany (January 23). The Filipino world no. 3 pole vaulter was way behind gold medalist American Sam Kendricks who cleared 5.82 meters. Obiena had previously won with 5.61 meters in Padova a few days before (January 21). EJ will next compete in Roubaix, France on Saturday 28th January. He is also scheduled for the Asian Indoors in Kazakhstan on February 10 where temperatures are getting to -30 centigrade.
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