EJ Obiena claims new Asian pole vault record in Austria

The Filipino vaulter broke the previous Asian record of 5.92m held by Igor Potapovich of Kazakhstan by one centimetre at the Golden Roof Challenge in Innsbruck. 

By Chloe Merrell
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EJ Obiena of the Philippines had a record-smashing outing at the 17th Golden Roof Challenge in Austria (September 11).

The 25-year-old Filipino set a new Asian record - and meet record - of 5.93m in the men's pole vault competition, ending Igor Poptapovich's 23-year-old reign over the event.

Obiena also broke his personal and national record of 5.91, which he had set at the Paris Diamond League last month.

With first place already secured after the rest of the field bowed out at 5.80m, the world number five decided to go on a history rewriting mission, and on his third and final attempt he cleared his target of 5.93m.

EJ Obiena reacts after vault in Tokyo
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Elsewhere in Innsbruck, three-time Paralympic long jump champion Markus Rehm soared to victory in the men's long jump event.

The German 'Blade Jumper' hit the 7.95m mark to guarantee victory over his able-bodied competitors and fellow Paralympian Stylianos Malakopoulos.

Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Anzhelika Sidorova won the women's pole vault competition, clearing 4.65m and Nastassie Mironchyk-Ivanova of the Ukraine won the women's long jump.