MANILA, Philippines–For the Philippines, a unmarried access might be sufficient to land a ancient medal within the 2022 Global Athletics Championships.
Whilst all 83 international locations are set to deliver maximum, if no longer all, in their greatest tracksters to the Eugene, Oregon meet this weekend, pole vaulter EJ Obiena would be the lone Filipino access at the grandest level in world observe and box.
However it’ll in no way abate the thrust of the 6-foot-2 Tokyo Olympian to clamber onto the medal podium of his match, being the No. 4-ranked males’s vaulter on this yr’s international out of doors checklist.
A undeniable medal contender, Obiena’s 5.92-meter effort within the present out of doors rating may propel Staff Philippines to its first-ever podium end within the worlds scheduled July 15-24.
The biennial international championship arranged via Global Athletics is the best degree of festival in senior world out of doors observe and box along the Olympic Video games.
“Stay leaping, stay bettering. With God’s grace and backbone, we’ll quickly achieve our objective,’’ Obiena posted on his Fb account after successful two of his final 3 out of doors contests in per week’s span previous to his US commute.
sixth for the yr reppin’ the Philippines. Stay leaping, stay bettering. With God’s grace and backbone, we’re going to quickly get to succeed in our objective.
The Asian report holder who cleared 5.93m in Innsbruck, Austria on Sept. 11 final yr dominated the Taby Stavhoppsgala in Sweden and defended his name within the Leap and Fly in Hechingen, Germany, capping his international championships preparation.
Obiena, named not too long ago as an Exceptional Manilan within the box of sports activities, additionally struck gold within the Ecu Town of Sports activities in L’Aquila, Italy initially of his out of doors marketing campaign two months in the past.
The glaring wrinkle, on the other hand, used to be Obiena’s 6th end within the fresh Diamond League the place his hardest competitors had been provide and dominated via international champion Mondo Duplantis earlier than his countrymen in Stockholm, Sweden.
Duplantis is the reigning Olympic champion and international report holder of 6.16 meters.
Obiena will to find himself on my own within the coming worlds after Filipino-American hurdler Eric Cray wasn’t ready to fulfill the minimize within the males’s 400m hurdles.
Cray, nonetheless indeniable in his puppy match for 5 Southeast Asian Video games in a row, compiled 1175 issues and ranked forty third amongst 400 hurdlers within the Global Athletics level machine the place handiest the highest 40 earned the appropriate to e book a commute to Oregon.
Cray, who raced for the country within the 2013, 2015 and 2017 international championships, is taking a look ahead to creating it to the 2024 Paris Olympics.
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