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Obiena sets new pole vault record in PH and takes silver in Paris Diamond League

Second-place Filipino Ernest John Obiena competes in the men’s pole vault event during the IAAF Diamond League athletics meet at the Charlety Stadium in Paris on August 28, 2021 (Photo by Lucas BARIOULET / AFP).

MANILA, Philippines – EJ Obiena set a new personal and Filipino record by finishing with silver medal in the IAAF Diamond League men’s pole vault competition on Saturday (Manila time) at the Charlety Stadium in Paris.

The Filipino Olympian surpassed 5.91 meters to supplant his previous record of 5.87 meters that he set in Poland in July 2020.

Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Armand Duplantis secured the title and the new competition record in Paris when he jumped 6.01m.

“A second place in the Diamond League in Paris 2021, and a new national record and personal best of 5.91 meters. Thanks God! And thanks to those who continue to support and believe despite the ups and downs.

How to get there, ”Obiena posted on social media.

Both Duplantis and Obiena had better starts in Paris after finishing fifth and fourth in Lausanne, Switzerland, just several days before the competition in France.

Christopher Nilsen took the bronze medal from Paris with a clearance of 5.81 meters.

With only the podium finalists remaining in the competition, Obiena took the lead and made the first attempt at 5.91m that she cleared on her initial attempt.

Duplantis and Nilsen failed to exceed 5.91m on their first attempts, but decided to make a pass and went straight to 5.96m.

Nilsen, already with a failed attempt at 5.91m, missed both of his attempts at 5.96m while Duplantis cleared the height on his first attempt en route to his gold medal performance at 6.01m and in the process established a new competition record beating Sam Kendricks. Liquidation of 6.00 m in 2019.

Obiena, who failed on her two attempts at 5.96m, decided to pass to 6.01m, but those two ended in failure.

Duplantis, after securing the gold, attempted to jump more than 6.19m, but failed in his attempts.

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