Filipino shaft vaulter EJ Obiena communicated certainty that he can arrive at more noteworthy statures once he ventures inside the Japan National Stadium for the Tokyo Olympics men’s post vault contest.
The 25-year-old pride of Tondo, Manila said he has the stuff to clear the six-meter mark, an accomplishment that will acquire him an Olympic decoration and set his hold with the world’s ideal.
“I realize I can bounce six meters. It’s simply a question of me getting it dialed in. I’ve perceived how well I can hop and I’ve seen what I’m prepared to do,” Obiena said in a new media instructions coordinated by the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA).
Obiena will contend in the men’s post vault capability round on July 31 at 8:40 a.m. Philippine time. The last round is scheduled on August 3 at 6:20 p.m. Philippine time.
Obiena said he is worried about the playing field.”It’s not actually the stature that I am stressed over. It’s a greater amount of how things are going to be… my conditions and the conditions there. It’s not me sort of twofold reasoning my capacities,” the shaft vaulter said.
In a different PATAFA media instructions, EJ’s dad Emerson said his child’s most obvious opportunity for a decoration is on the off chance that he will penetrate higher than the 5.87-meter individual and public record he set at the Irena Szewińska Memorial in Poland in June.
“Whatever it is that would win a platform finish come the opposition, that is the objective obviously. We can never determine what tallness it could be, yet we are planning to clear higher than what he had the option to clear during the outside season,” said the more established Obiena.
World number one Armand Duplantis of Sweden holds the men’s post vault world record breaking 6.18 meters, while Obiena’s preparation accomplice Thiago Braz of Brazil set the Olympic standard at 6.03 meters during the 2016 Rio Olympics where he won the gold decoration. Obiena got down to business with the two in late pre-Olympic competitions.
Obiena’s award risks likewise worked on after American post vaulter Sam Kendricks pulled out of the competition due to COVID-19 test outcomes.
His spirit was additionally helped after his new arrangement of shafts showed up in Tokyo on July 23, that very day he entered the Olympic Village.
“Most likely, I’m going to blend and-match them in light of the fact that the old arrangement of posts that I have are inadequate. We’re missing two posts, one I crushed in indoor spirit in February and the other one as of late,” he said.
Obiena has been preparing in Italy two or three years under Ukrainian guide Vitaly Petrov.
Obiena’s abroad preparing paid off in the wake of winning decorations in various global meets and the most significant of all, when he turned into the primary Filipino competitor to fit the bill for the Tokyo Olympics in the wake of clearing 5.81 meters in an Italy meet in September 2019.