Ej Obiena bags a World Athletics Champion title
Ernest John Obiena, the best pole vaulter in Asia, won a medal at the World Athletics Championships on Monday in Eugene, Oregon. He won a bronze medal, but it sparkled like gold, making him the first Filipino ever to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships.
But the brand ambassador for Summit Natural Drinking Water isn’t finished with his #thirstforgold campaign just yet.
Obiena, who stands at 6 feet 2 inches tall, is currently preparing to compete again in either the Poland leg of the Diamond League on August 6, 2022 or the Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix in Szekesfehervar two days later. Both of these events will take place in Hungary.
Next year, he will defend his title at the Southeast Asian Games, which will take place in Cambodia. After that, he will compete in the Asian Games, which will take place in Hangzhou, China. The culmination of all of these events will be the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, where Obiena may at long last be eligible for a medal.
“Things are getting more difficult. There is a wide range of feelings, many of which are at odds with one another. It just shows that I need to work a lot harder to reach the things I want to do and to win championships that I want to win,” Obiena said in an online press conference a day after securing the bronze in the Worlds with his new Asian, Philippine, and personal record of 5.94 meters. “I’m very happy that the sport is progressing, happy that I’m part of the era where the level of pole vaulting is in such a high level,” Obiena
Obiena, who was one of the finalists in the Tokyo Olympics, where there were sky-high expectations for him to deliver, said that he must continue to put in a lot of hard effort and perseverance in order to attain another podium result in the Paris games.
“Yes, that is the game plan. That’s without a doubt the goal that I want to accomplish,” Obiena stated.
Even before Obiena established his reputation in the world of athletics, Summit has been supportive of his path in every jump he has taken toward glory.
“Summit Natural Drinking Water has always believed in the world-class ability of EJ, and we are proud of his recent historic accomplishment that has raised the Philippine flag where it has never fluttered before,” said Asia Brewery Inc. Brand Manager, Francheska Garcia. “We are proud of his recent historic accomplishment that has raised the Philippine flag where it has never fluttered before. We have always had EJ’s back, and we promise to be there for him every step of the way as he satisfies his #ThirstForGold and makes his way closer and closer to the #Summit,”
Along with reaching the top of that mountain, his objective is to break through the 6-meter mark.
“I have a long list of goals that I want to accomplish in this sport. It is a wonderful inspiration for me to move forward and to carry on doing what I do.” He remarked, “I’m still delighted to win the bronze medal, but there’s something I needed to do. I’m still happy to earn the bronze medal. I want to be the 25th person to achieve that 6-meter threshold, which has only been accomplished by 24 other people.”
Obiena joined Team Summit after his meteoric rise in the pole-vaulting scene following various victories and record-breaking feats – from the Diamond League to the Olympics and most recently in the Vietnam SEA Games, where he smashed his own 2019 record of 5.45 meters with 5.46 to win a second straight pole vault gold in the regional meet.
Obiena joined Team Summit after his meteoric rise in the pole-vaulting scene following various victories and record-breaking feats. A year before he broke the record in the World Championships, he established a new Asian best with a leap of 5.93 meters at the 2021 Golden Rooftop Challenge in Innsbruck, Austria. This was the new mark for Asia at the time it was established.