PH pole vaulter EJ Obiena qualifies for Tokyo Olympics
Pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena cleared 5.81 meters in a tournament in Chiara, Italy late Tuesday to earn a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The reigning Asian champion reset his own personal best and national record of 5.76 meters achieved early this year plus a sure seat in the national team bound for Tokyo, according to athletics chief Philip Ella Juico.
Juico said Obiena’s attempt surpassed the Olympic standard of 5.80 meters.
The 6-foot-1 Obiena, who also reset his Philippine record, cleared the height on his third and last attempt, beating five other rivals for the gold medal.