Not long after he acquired his first gold at the Orlen Cup early this February, decorated Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena is once again making waves after nabbing another first-place win at the Copernicus Cup held in Torun, Poland.

The 26-year-old athlete emerged as the cup’s winner after clearing 5.81-meters on his third try, matching his season’s current best. 

The Filipino pole vaulter tried to clear 5.91 meters to set another record, however, the height was still elusive for Obiena. 

Obiena, who holds the World Athletics’ No. 5 spot, trumped 11-other participants in the prestigious competition, which included his training partner Thiago Braz of Brazil—the 2016 Olympic champion.

Taking second place was Ben Broeders of Belgium, who cleared 5.71-meters on his first try. Meanwhile, Braz placed 3rd reaching the same height on his second attempt. 

With his recent and consecutive wins, Obiena has qualified for two World Athletics events:

  • March 18-20, 18th World Indoor Championships – Belgrade, Serbia
  • July 15 to 24, 18th World Athletics Championships – Oregon, USA

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