2 broken poles, replacement worry Obiena

Ernest John Obiena is worried about the condition of the three poles that he will use during the Tokyo Olympics.

Ej Obiena
The 25-year-old Obiena damaged two of them, while a replacement pole is on the way. His equipment needs extra care when it is brought to Japan.

Obiena talked about the condition of his gear, a week after he cleared 5.85 meters on his third attempt and set a new Philippine outdoor  record.

“We need to work on this so they (poles) will not get damaged on the flight to Tokyo. We are trying to make sure,” said Obiena on the weekly program, “Power and Play.”

Last June 12, Obiena won a gold medal in record-breaking fashion as he broke his two-year Philippine national outdoor record of 5.81 he set in Chiara, Italy, when he cleared 5.85 meters on his third attempt in the Jump and Fly competition in Mossingen, Germany.

There, Obiena used a second pole, a longer one which is one of the two that got cracked when he used them during indoor events last February.

“I hope it (new pole) arrives at the soonest time possible. We’re working on it,” added Obiena, who added that his new pole needs to be in good condition while in transit.

Obiena also owns the national indoor mark of 5.86 meters, which he established last February at the Orlen Indoor meet in Lodz, Poland.

At that time, Obiena said his two poles were already showing signs of cracking.

“Getting used to my two poles is easy. But now, it’s more on getting used to the new and bigger pole that I’m going to get into,” said Obiena.

Three weeks ago, Obiena had an encounter with Sweden’s Armand “Mondo” Duplantis of Sweden, who won the gold medal  at the FBK Games at the Blankers-Koen Stadion in Hengelo, the Netherlands.

Back then, Obiena cleared 5.80 meters on his first attempt to earn second place and the silver medal, with Duplantis topping the meet at 6.10 meters. 

Topics: Ernest John Obiena , Tokyo Olympics , Power and Play
COMMENT DISCLAIMER: Reader comments posted on this Web site are not in any way endorsed by Manila Standard. Comments are views by readers who exercise their right to free expression and they do not necessarily represent or reflect the position or viewpoint of While reserving this publication’s right to delete comments that are deemed offensive, indecent or inconsistent with Manila Standard editorial standards, Manila Standard may not be held liable for any false information posted by readers in this comments section.
AdvertisementGMA-Working Pillars of the House
Reopening: PH Economy on The Mend
Reopening: PH Economy on The Mend