Ernest Obiena plucks another pole vault gold medal in Italy | Inquirer Sports

Ernest Obiena plucks another pole vault gold medal in Italy

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 03:54 PM July 20, 2019
After almost giving up, Obiena is Asian champ

FILE – Obiena exults after clearing 5.71 meters for the championship and the new meet record. —AFP

MANILA, Philippines—Ernest John Obiena reaped another gold medal after ruling the pole vault event at the Citta Padova Atletica Mondiale in Padua, Italy.

The 23-year-old cleared 5.55 meters for the gold, beating out Greece’s Theodo Chrysanthopoulos of Greece (5.3 meters) and Argentina’s German Chiaraviglio (5.3 meters) last Tuesday.

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This was Obiena’s second gold medal in a span of four days as he also took the top prize in the 2019 Universiade, where he set a new Philippine record (5.76 meters), in Naples, Italy last week.

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Obiena will now travel to Germany for two more meets with the first one in Mossingen on Saturday and Leverkusen on July 24.

READ: EJ Obiena bags 2019 Universiade pole vault gold, sets new PH record

His European stint is part of his preparation for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosted by the Philippines from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

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