MANILA, Philippines – EJ Obiena took the pole vault gold in the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar in a record-breaking Easter Sunday performance that augurs well in his gold medal bid in the Southeast Asian Games the Philippines will host late this year. Zhang, an Asian Indoor silver medalist who won the last staging of this event in Wuhan, China two years ago, and Huang, a former Asian Junior champion and 2016 Asian Indoor gold medal winner, were leading in the first three attempts before Obiena vaulted his way to the top in the final three tries. Athletics chief Philip Ella Juico and executive director Edward Kho was there to accompany Obiena in his moment of triumph. Interestingly, Obiena wound up with just a silver behind Purahong. This time, Obiena hopes to finally strike gold.
Source: Philippine Star April 22, 2019 02:26 UTC