Janry Ubas, 29, a native of Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, kept his winning form on Saturday, dominating the 16th Triveneto Meeting Internationale in Trieste, Italy on Saturday.
Ubas registered 7.72 meters to beat Cuban Lester Alcides Lescay Gay at the G. Draghicchio Athletics Stadium in Trieste.
The win boosted his chances of qualifying for the World Athletics Championship in Budapest, Hungary next month.
Ubas is at No.53 in the world. The new points earned from the Italy meet will only reflect when the World Athletics releases its latest rankings on Tuesday.
In addition, the Southeast Asian games long jump champion and record holder also won at Motonet Grand Prix Lappeenranta in Finland last week on the strength of a tournament-best 7.86m jump.
Ubas flew straight to Finland from Thailand after competing at the 25th Asian Athletics Championships held in Bangkok from July 12 to 16. He landed in the top 7 with 7.98m, improving on the 7.95m he posted in bagging the silver medal at the Taiwan Open on May 28.
The last stop for Ubas and his coach Dario de Rosas in the three-leg European series is Stuttgart, Germany on July 29, a day before the qualification window for the world championships closes.
The current world ranking will be updated on Tuesday, and Ubas, whose personal best is 8.08m, is hoping to crack the field and join pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena and hurdler Robyn Brown in the global meet.
The qualification window for the World Championships ends July 30.
Moreover, Ubas won the bronze medal at the 10th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Kazakhstan for men’s heptathlon.
Ubas’ bronze is only the Philippines’ second medal in the history of the biennial meet after Eric Cray also won bronze in the men’s 60m sprint in Qatar in 2016. – WhatALife!/Val