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EJ Obiena to receive P250,000 incentive for resetting PH record

Beatrice Go
EJ Obiena to receive P250,000 incentive for resetting PH record

INCENTIVES. EJ Obiena gets a bonus from the PSC for his record-breaking performance.

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Pole vault star EJ Obiena clears 5.91m in the Paris Diamond League to set a new national mark

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will be awarding P250,000 to
Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena for resetting the national record in the Paris leg of the 2021 Diamond League.

PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez confirmed to Rappler that the government sports agency approved the release of the amount in a board resolution last Tuesday, August 31.

According to Section 8 of the Republic Act 10699 or the expanded National Athletes, Coaches, and Trainers Benefits and Incentives Act of 2001, “national athletes and other athletes who surpass Philippine record or ranking in any measurable international sports competition shall be given cash incentives, the amount of which may be determined by the PSC.”

Obiena cleared 5.91 meters last Saturday, August 28, that shattered his previous national record of 5.87m.

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He bagged silver after finishing behind world record holder and Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Armand Duplantis of Sweden.

Duplantis, whose world record stands at 6.18m, tallied 6.01m in Paris to claim the top spot.

In the competition, the Filipino topped American Christopher Nilsen, the silver medalist in Tokyo, who recorded 5.81m.

Obiena’s feat became a testament of his desire to bounce back after finishing 11th in the Tokyo Olympics pole vault competition. – Rappler.com

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.