Tokyo-bound EJ Obiena soared to a gold medal finish at the ISTAF Indoor Athletics Meet in Berlin Germany on Februay 5.
This after he hurdled a personal best 5.8-meter mark in the competition, which also shattered the Philippine indoor pole vault record.
Obiena obliterated the record he himself set just a week ago at the Karlrushe World Indoor Tour Meeting where he cleared 5.62 meters. He only finished fifth in that competition.
In Berlin, the 25-year-old made easy work of the 5.42-meter while needing two attempts to clear the 5.52, 5.62, and 5.72 meter marks.
He clashed with Germany’s Torben Blech for top honors in the 5.8 mark. Obiena clinched the gold after clearing the mark with only one try, while Blech needed two attempts to settle for silver. Fellow German Oleg Zernikel finished third for the bronze medal.
Obiena is one of four Filipino athletes who are bound for the Tokyo Olympics set in Japan later this year.