EJ Obiena breaks SEA Games record
Obiena cleared 5.46 meters, amidst a light drizzle, breaking the old record by .01 meters he set in 2019.
The Filipino pole vaulter actually won the gold on his first try, registering 5.40 meters before going for the SEA Games record.
Obiena even attempted to break his personal best and Asian record but failed to clear 5.94 meters.
Obiena’s SEA Games gold came amidst controversy between him and his mother federation Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association a few months ago, that was later resolved amicably in a mediation proceedings with the Philippine Sports Commission.
The mediation enabled Obiena to compete in the SEA Games, with an endorsement from Patafa.
“Relieved, to be honest. And happy,” said Obiena in an interview with reporters.
It was actually a 1-2 finish for the Philippines with Hakett Delos Santos bagging the silver.