EJ Obiena clinches gold in Norway, sets new records
EJ Obiena clinches gold in Norway, sets new records
EJ Obiena clinches gold in Norway, sets new records
by Mhillen Nicole Borja11 June 2023
Photo Courtesy: Paolo Del Rosario

Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena achieved a historic milestone at the Bergen Jump Challenge in Norway.

Obiena reset both the national and Asian records, clearing the bar at an impressive height of six meters.

In a remarkable display of skill and determination, he secured the gold medal by accomplishing this feat in just one attempt.

Although Obiena made three valiant efforts to surpass 6.06 meters, he couldn't quite reach the mark.


Nevertheless, his achievement places him among the elite group of pole vaulters who have conquered the challenging six-meter height.

This esteemed club includes renowned athletes such as Sam Kendricks, Sergey Bubka, Thiago Braz, and Mondo Duplantis, all of whom have claimed Olympic gold medals.

Obiena's dominance was evident as he outperformed his American counterpart, KC Lightfoot, who managed to clear 6.0 meters in two attempts but fell short at 6.06 meters.

Even Kendricks, a formidable competitor, registered 5.88 meters, unable to match Obiena's exceptional performance.


This record-breaking triumph follows Obiena's notable achievement at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA, where he secured a bronze medal with a personal best of 5.94 meters.

Recently, he also shared the third-place position with Kendricks at the Irena Szewinska Memorial in Poland, both athletes clearing a height of 5.72 meters.

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