EJ Obiena clinches gold, soars to season best in Sweden meet

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(CNN Philippines, June 29) — EJ Obiena has set a new season best as he took home the gold in the Taby Stavhoppsgala in Sweden on Tuesday.

The Filipino pole vault sensation cleared 5.92 meters on his way to gold in his first event since recovering from COVID-19.

Obiena missed two meets due to health protocols: the Oslo Bislett Games in Norway and the Meeting de Paris in France earlier this month.

Obiena surpassed his previous personal best of 5.85 meters which he set in Italy — it was .01 shy of the Asian record of 5.93 meters he set in Austria in September last year.

2016 Olympic gold medalist Thiago Braz of Brazil settled for second with 5.82 meters, while Simen Guttormsen of Norway placed third with 5.72 meters.

Obiena will stay in Sweden to compete in the Stockholm Diamond League on Friday.