Filipino Olympian EJ Obiena broke a new national record when he won the silver title in the Meeting de Paris, as part of the Wanda Diamond League last Saturday (Philippine time) at the Charlety Stadium in Paris, France.
On his first attempt, Obiena was able to clear 5.91 meters, setting a new national record that was at 5.87 set in the Irena Szewinska Memorial Cup in Poland last June.
‘Getting There’: Obiena Soars to New Heights, Bags Silver in Paris
On his new feat, Obiena said through a Facebook post: “A 2nd place finish at the Paris 2021 Diamond League, and a new national record and personal best of 5.91m. Thank you, God! And thank you to those who keep on supporting and believing despite the ups and downs. Getting there.”
He then attempted to vault higher but couldn’t get past 5.96 meters twice and 6.01 meters once in his second event since his 11th place at the Tokyo Olympics.
Catch EJ’s exhilarating performance in the video below:
Meanwhile, Olympic gold medallist, Duplantis, who holds both the indoor record of 6.18 meters and outdoor record of 6.15, even attempted to set a new world record of 6.19 meters, but failed to do so in three tries.
Christopher Nielsen, who claimed bronze medal at the event cleared 5.81 meters for his best performance.