EJ Obiena wins pole vault gold in comeback from COVID-19

EJ Obiena wins gold at the Taby Stavhoppsgala. –WILMA MURTO/EJ OBIENA FACEBOOK

MANILA, Philippines—EJ Obiena didn’t miss a beat on his return to competition.

Coming back strong after testing positive for COVID-19, Obiena won his last gold medal in the pole vault at the Taby Stavhoppsgala in Sweden.

Obiena cleared 5.92 to win the event, nearly equaling the Asian record he set in September last year.

Thiago Braz of Brazil took the silver clearing 5.82 while Simen Guttormsen was third after jumping 5.72.

Obiena missed by 0.01 to erase his personal best of 5.93, the current Asian standard in the men’s pole vault that he set when meeting in Austria in September 2021.

The Filipino pole vault ace attempted to break the record by setting the bar at 6.01m but failed in all three attempts.

The 26-year-old Tokyo Olympian missed two tournaments after contracting COVID-19.

Before getting COVID-19, Obiena also won gold in the European Sports City of L’Aquila, Italy with a clearance of 5.85m.

Obiena won’t have much time to celebrate his latest achievement as he is scheduled to compete at the BAUHAUS galan in Stockholm, Sweden on Thursday.

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