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On a roll: EJ Obiena strikes gold anew in Germany

Delfin Dioquino
On a roll: EJ Obiena strikes gold anew in Germany

WIN ANEW. EJ Obiena adds another gold medal to his fast-growing collection.

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Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena rules the St. Wendel City Jump for his third gold medal in the first half of his seven-event stretch
On a roll: EJ Obiena strikes gold anew in Germany

MANILA, Philippines – The gold rush continues for EJ Obiena as he reigned in Germany anew after topping the St. Wendel City Jump on Wednesday, August 31.

The Filipino pole vaulter hurdled 5.86 meters to set a new meet record and capture his second straight gold in Germany following his victory in the True Athletes Classics in Leverkusen last Sunday.

Obiena has been on a roll in the first half of his seven-event stretch as he also struck gold in the Internationales Stabhochsprung-Meeting in Jockrim last week.

He followed that up with a bronze finish in the Lausanne Diamond League in Switzerland, where he placed behind Tokyo Olympics champion Armand Duplantis of Sweden and runner-up Chris Nilsen of the United States.

The Asian record holder Obiena tried to reset his mark of 5.94m by going for 6.0m but exhausted all of his three attempts.

Menno Vloon of the Netherlands bagged silver with a clearance of 5.81m, beating Anthony Ammirati of France for second place via countback.

Obiena looks to make it three gold medals in a row when he competes in another leg of the Diamond League in the Memorial van Damme in Brussels, Belgium on Friday.

He will return to Germany for the ISTAF Berlin on Sunday, September 4. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.