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EJ Obiena, of the Philippines, reacts after a profitable try within the Males’s pole vault closing through the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023. (AP Picture/Bernat Armangue)

EJ Obiena put himself within the equation to win all of it earlier than pocketing the silver medal for an additional historic end on the worldwide stage on the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

The Filipino pole vault celeb duplicated his personal Asian file of six meters, however couldn’t clear 6.05m on a succeeding try, ultimately rewarding Sweden’s Armand Duplantis a second consecutive title.

Obiena climbed a flight increased on the rostrum than his earlier bronze end final yr within the Oregon, United States version of the world championships after clearing his private greatest on his second strive.

Christopher Nilsen of america and Australia’s Kurtis Marschall each did not hurdle six meters and shared third-place honors following their 5.95m soar.

With out a foul and a transparent path on the best way to the gold medal, Duplantis raised the bar at 6.23 in a bid to reset his personal world file of 6.22, however faltered thrice.

Armand Duplantis of Sweden and EJ Obiena of Philippines rejoice after competing in males’s pole vault closing throughout day 8 of the 2023 World Athletics Championships on August 26, 2023 in Budapest. Picture: Vegard Grøtt / BILDBYRÅN 

As the one Filipino to face on the medal podium of the world monitor and subject championships, Obiena confirmed distinctive progress since inserting third the earlier yr.

The Italy-based Obiena, who discovered the ropes from famend Ukranian coach Vitaly Petrov, was the primary Asian to affix the elite six-meter membership two months in the past on the Bergen Bounce Problem in Norway.

The 27-year-old Tokyo Olympian then solidified his reign because the continent’s greatest through the Asian championships in Bangkok, Thailand.

Obiena cleared 5.90 and 5.95 with out a hitch and dedicated a foul on his first strive at six meters earlier than a technically good soar on the following try.

Obiena intends to shut out his season with one other victory within the coming Asian Video games in Hangzhou, China subsequent month previous to mapping out his preparation for the 2024 Paris Olympics.



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