EJ Obiena wins gold to end PH's medal drought in Asian Athletics Championship

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(CNN Philippines, April 22) — EJ Obiena snapped the country's 10-year medal drought after bagging gold in this year's Asian Athletics Championship.

The 23-year-old registered 5.71 meters in the final round of the pole vault event Sunday in Doha, Qatar, edging out China's Zhang Wei and Huang Bokai.

This is the Philippines' first gold in the continental meet since Marestella Torres topped the women's long jump in 2009.

With this victory, Obiena has qualified in the world championships in September.