MANILA, Philippines — After a critical knee injury forced him out of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, pole vault ace EJ Obiena is poised to complete his unfinished commercial enterprise in the biennial meet when he guns for the gold medal on the home floor later this yr. Obiena fired a caution shot to his SAG rivals while he cleared five.36 meters in most straightforward his first competition for 2019, the Ayala Philippine Athletics Championships in Ilagan City, surpassing the standing SAG record of 5.35m posted using Thai Porranot Purahong in taking the gold in 2017. The Italy-skilled Phl big name owns a private satisfactory of five.61m, which he set in Germany in July 2017 earlier to ripping his ACL throughout training for the Malaysia SEAG. “EJ’s surpassing the SAG document augurs properly for our participation in the forthcoming SEA Games,” said Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association president Philip Ella Juico. “Although a bit decrease than EJ’s pleasant, that is his first bounce for the new season. It indicates how proper training,
Conditioning and nutrients, when combined on the proper moment, can produce notable results. EJ and others who had a hand in EJ’s modern feat sacrificed to benefit this achievement. I stay up for extraordinary successes from EJ and the relaxation of the Patafa group,” added Juico. Obiena stated he’s excited to peer Team Phl getting extra intensity in the pole vault. Fil-Am Natalie Uy just smashed the file within the ladies’ division along with her four.12m all through the Phl track fest and fellow US-based Alyana Nicolas is likewise prepared to vie for honors in the event. In the junior ranks, Ilagan City’s Hokett Delos Santos and Santo Tomas’ Ma. Khrizzie Clarisses Ruzol swept the pole vault mints in the Southeast Asian Youth Athletics Championships held before the PAC. “We have Natalie and Alyana, who will vie for the gold medal within the SEA Games. We’re hoping to do what the youngsters did (at the SEA Youth). They got the gold in ladies and boys, hopefully, inside the SEA Games we’ll get the identical effects,” stated Obiena, a silver medalist in his SAG day out returned in 2015. The 23-year-old Obiena is also seeking to qualify for the 110m hurdles. He sincerely landed a podium within the Ilagan track fest with 14. Eighty-five seconds behind the reigning SEA Games titlist, Malaysian Wan Sofian Rayzam Shah (14.12) and 2017 SAG 1/3-placer Clinton Bautista (14.22) but didn’t meet the qualifying time. “It’s going to be tough. There’s Clinton (Bautista) and Patrick Unso. I’m going to run my race…So we’ll see,” said Obiena, who had gained gold in hurdles inside the UAAP with 14.39, a league report returned then.