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    THE mother of pole vaulter EJ Obiena was left teary-eyed after her son was able to make the qualifying standards for the 2020 Olympics.

    Obiena registered 5.81 meters in a pole vault meet in Chiari, Italy, eclipsing the Olympic standard of 5.80 to earn a berth in the 2020 Olympics.

    Jeanette Obiena, mother of EJ, was emotional when interviewed by reporters on Wednesday knowing the hardwork her son had to go through before clinching a berth in the Olympics.


      Obiena went through several trials before landing the Olympic berth, one of which is the son of legendary pole vaulter Emerson Obiena suffering an ACL injury only days before the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.

      “Naiyak ako. Umiyak talaga ako kasi ‘yung pagod nya, ‘yung sacrifices niya, everything paid off,” said the elder Obiena, a former trackster herself, teary-eyed when interviewed by reporters. “Kung ano ‘yung pinagdaaanan niya, alam ng buong Pilipinas kung ano pinagdaanan niya.”


      “Sa ngayon talaga, God’s will. Everything is falling into place. Sana it’s just prayers to continue at the Olympics. He is there. Hindi na siya maghihintay ng rankings,” said Obiena.

      Jeanette also the family and their son, who is already based in Italy for training, also had an agreement to focus on his training in order to meet the qualifying mark in the Olympics.

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      “May usapan kami na anything in here, basta hindi maganda sa kanya, before the competition, hindi siya nakikipag-usap. ‘Yun ang usapan namin because of his concentration for his training,” said Janette.

      “Masayang masaya ako sa kanya. All his dreams and prayers were granted,” she added.


      Jeanette said she hoped that she could hug his son after achieving the feat, which he broke to the family at around 4 a.m. in Manila.

      “Masayang masaya. Aakapin ko siya eh and sabihin ko sa kanya, lahat ng pinaghirapan mo, nandito na. Hindi lang po magawa kasi malayo kami pero masayang masaya ako sa kanya. Lahat ng pinaghirapan niya, lahat ng dinanas niya, it really paid off kung ano nangyayari sa kanya,” said Jeanette.

      Jeanette said EJ will continue his build-up for the Olympics, including participating in the 2019 World Athletics Championship from September 27 to October 6 in Doha.

      “We hope he delivers at the Olympics. It’s his first time. Ang wish lang namin, he do his best. Palaban naman si EJ,” said Jeanette.

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