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EJ Obiena bags 2nd consecutive gold medal in 2024 at ISTAF Indoor Berlin

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SECOND GOLD FOR 2024. Filipino pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena secures his second consecutive gold medal for the year at the ISTAF Indoor Berlin in Germany on Saturday (February 24, PH time). EJ OBIENA-ERNEST OBIENA FACEBOOK PHOTO

Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena soared to new heights, clinching his second consecutive gold medal at the ISTAF Indoor Berlin in Germany on Saturday (February 24, PH time). 

The 28-year-old athlete dominated the competition, effortlessly clearing the bar at 5.93 meters and, in the process, resetting the Asian indoor record previously held for over two decades by Kazakhstan’s Igor Potapovich.

Obiena’s exceptional performance didn’t just break records; he shattered them. The victory marked his second gold in Berlin, following his triumph in 2021, and showcased his continual ascent in the pole vaulting world. His relentless pursuit of excellence was evident as he surpassed not only Potapovich’s 5.92 meters but also his national indoor record of 5.91 meters set in 2022.

The Filipino vaulter’s journey to the top has been marked by consistent achievements, and the ISTAF Indoor Berlin was no exception. 

Facing a nine-man field, Obiena left his competitors trailing in his wake. Olen Tray Oates from the USA secured a distant second with a 5.75-meter clearance, unable to pose a challenge to Obiena’s record-breaking jumps.

Not content with securing victory, Obiena raised the bar even higher, attempting a clearance of 5.93 meters after already sealing his second crown in Berlin. It took him just two tries to achieve this remarkable feat, emphasizing his determination and skill on the global stage.

This impressive performance comes on the heels of Obiena’s win at the Memorial Josip Gasparac in Osijek, Croatia, setting a promising tone for his journey toward the Paris Olympics. 

The Filipino pole vaulter, currently ranked as the world’s No. 2 in the discipline, has been a trailblazer for the Philippines, not only securing his spot in the Olympics but also consistently elevating his game on the international circuit.

As Obiena heads to Glasgow, Scotland, for the World Indoor Championships on March 3, the anticipation surrounding his performances continues to grow. 

The Filipino pride’s pursuit of excellence is not just about breaking records; it’s about leaving an indelible mark on the sport, carrying the hopes of a nation eager to witness its star athlete reach new heights on the world stage.

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