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EJ Obiena begins countdown to Paris Olympics

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 03:36 PM November 02, 2021
Philippines' Ernest John Obiena prepares to compete during the men's pole vault event at The Diamond League AG Memorial Van Damme athletics meeting at The King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on September 3, 2021.

Philippines’ Ernest John Obiena prepares to compete during the men’s pole vault event at The Diamond League AG Memorial Van Damme athletics meeting at The King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on September 3, 2021. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — Just three months removed from his campaign at the Tokyo Games, EJ Obiena is already raring to go for another crack at  Olympic glory which is still three years from now in Paris.

In the meantime, Obiena will just continue to count down the days.

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“So many whys….. But only one answer, I want it, that’s why!!! 999 days from @paris2024  #paris2024, ” he posted Monday on his Instagram.

The 25-year-old second-generation star struggled in Tokyo, finishing in 11th place after failing to clear 5.80 meters.

But he has been on a tear since the Games, winning medals and breaking records from one European country to another.

Last September, Obiena broke a 29-year-old Asian record with a 5.93m clearance in the 2021 Golden Roof Challenge in Innsbruck, Austria.

He also rose to a career-best world No. 5 in the same month, although, he has slipped to sixth in the rankings as of October 26.

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