Filipino pole vault athlete, EJ Obiena becomes No.2 on the pole vault world ranking surpassing Chris Nilsen.
Obiena, who prior to this updated ranking was No.3, gained 1,432 points surpassing America’s Chris Nilsen who got 1,428 points. Currently, the No.1 spot still remains to Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis who acclaimed 1,569 points.
“Your very own skinny kid from Tondo, alumni of (Chang Kai Shiek College) and (University of Santo Tomas), is now WORLD NUMBER TWO,” Obiena captioned in a Facebook post.
Obiena thanked those who helped him and made this possible, “This is not just my accomplishment alone, but everyone’s,” Obiena said.
EJ Obiena is now No.2 on world ranking thanks to his and others’ hard work to accomplish such a feat.
”Maraming salamat Pilipinas sa pagkakataon na iwagayway ang iyong diwa. This dreamer dares to dream,” Obiena also said.
Obiena has also been on a good streak this year after ruling the Asian Athletics meet with a new personal best at 5.91 meters, passing his previous 5.71 meters back in 2019.
The world ranking pole vaulter, Obiena, has also qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics after clearing 5.82 meters at the Stockholm Diamond League – BAUHAUS-Galan in Sweden.
The Filipino also joined the exclusive “six-meter club” as he became the first Filipino and Asian to clear six meters to rule the Bergen JumpChallenge in Norway.
Obiena also dominated the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia in May setting a new meet record of 5.65 meters, snatching the gold medal from other athletes. – WhatALife!/Zain