By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
EJ Obiena continued his quest for a historic podium end on the World Athletics Championships Saturday after advancing to the ultimate of the pole vault competitors in Eugene, Oregon.
The 26-year-old Tokyo Olympian cleared 5.75 meters on his second try and qualify together with 11 others that embrace world file holder Armand Duplantis.
All qualifiers cleared the identical top.
Additionally making it to the ultimate had been Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Christopher Nilsen of the USA and bronze winner Thiago Braz of Brazil.
Finishing the solid had been Germany’s Oleg Zernikel and Bo Kanda Lita Baehre, Belgium’s Ben Broeders, Turkey’s Ersu Sasma, France’s Renaud Lavillenie, Norway’s Pal Haugen Lillefosse and Sondre Guttormsen and Netherland’s Menno Vloon.
Apparently, eight of the 12 qualifiers additionally competed within the finals of the Tokyo Olympics and Obiena can be the one Asian to qualify within the closing.
The ultimate might be on Sunday (Monday in Manila).