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EJ Obiena sets new record, strikes gold in Germany

Pole vaulter EJ Obiena broke the Philippine outdoor record after tallying 5.85 meters at the Jump and Play tournament in Mossingen, Germany early Saturday. Obiena struck gold in the meet after breaking his previous-best 5.81 meters in Chiarri, Italy where he qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. He has improved from his season-best 5.80 meter finish […] The post EJ Obiena sets new record, strikes gold in Germany appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJun 12th, 2021

Obiena nabs gold in Germany tilt, sets Philippine outdoor record anew

He shattered a previous record he also set in 2019 when he cleared 5.81m in Chiara, Italy when he became the first Filipino to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2021

Obiena strikes anew, nails gold in Germany

Tokyo-bound EJ Obiena geared up for a much-awaited showdown with the world’s pole vault titans headed by reigning world champion and record-holder Armand Duplantis of Sweden by topping the PSD Bank Indoor Meet in Dortmund, Germany yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2021

Obiena wins gold, breaks Philippine record

EJ Obiena is fast turning into a legitimate Tokyo Olympics medal contender after coming through with a record-breaking performance and capturing the gold in the “Jump and Fly” competition in Mossingen, Germany yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2021

Obiena wins in Berlin, smashes PH record again

In just one attempt, Tokyo Olympics-bound Ernest John “EJ” Obiena broke the Philippine national record again, winning the gold medal in the men’s pole vault action of the Internationales Stadionfest (ISTAF) competitions in Berlin, Germany. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2021

Obiena breaks own Philippine indoor record, finishes 5th in Germany tiff

The 25-year-old Obiena cleared 5.62 meters, which was good only for fifth place in the event topped by Olympic gold and silver medalist and three-time World Indoor titlist Renaud Lavillenie of France, who submitted 5.95m......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 30th, 2021

A father’s wish for Obiena

It’s a long shot for pole vaulter EJ Obiena to land a podium finish in the Tokyo Olympics but his father and assistant coach Emerson said anything is possible if the stars are aligned when the 6-2 Tondo bet faces the bar. Obiena’s personal outdoor best is 5.87 meters while defending Olympic gold medalist Thiago Braz of Brazil topped Rio with a leap of 6.03 and Swede Armand Duplantis holds the world record of 6.15......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 24th, 2021

Pole vaulter EJ Obiena strikes anew, wins gold in Sweden tilt

By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA EJ Obiena boosted his credentials for the coming Tokyo Olympics by capturing the gold medal in the Taby Stav Gala Street Pole Vault competition in Bottnaryd, Sweden on Friday. Obiena cleared 5.80 meters on his first attempt to prevail via the countback against reigning Olympic champion Thiago Braz of Brazil, who also […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2021

Obiena ties for gold in Germany tiff to assert Olympics readiness

Tokyo Olympics-bound pole vault star EJ Obiena topped the True Athletes Classics in Leverkusen, Germany Sunday night as he continued to ramp up his training with the quadrennial event just less than a month away......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 28th, 2021

Obiena tests world champion

EJ Obiena will get to size up his Tokyo Olympics rivals headed by world champion and record-holder Armand Duplantis of Sweden and 2016 Rio Games gold medalist Thiago Braz of Brazil in the FBK Games in Hengelo, the Netherlands today......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 5th, 2021

Obiena soars anew

As if his victory in Berlin wasn’t enough, EJ Obiena soared anew as he clinched the gold medal in the men’s pole vault event of the PSD Indoor Meet in Dortmund, Germany early Monday. Obiena, the first Filipino to qualify in the Tokyo Olympics, sustained his blazing performance as he tallied 5.65 meters in the […] The post Obiena soars anew appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2021

Obiena tests mettle vs world s best in France tourney

Tokyo-bound EJ Obiena braces for a much-awaited clash with the world’s pole vault titans headed by reigning world champion and record-holder Armand Duplantis of Sweden as he topped the PSD Bank Indoor Meet in Dortmund, Germany Monday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2021

EJ Obiena wins gold in Berlin tilt, breaks own pole vault record

MANILA, Philippines—EJ Obiena scratched off two achievements in one tiff after he topped the pole vault event of the Internationales Stadionfest Indoor athletics meet at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin Friday. The Philippine representative to the Tokyo Olympics cleared 5.80 meters to take the gold and, in the process, shattered the previous Philippine record that he […] The post EJ Obiena wins gold in Berlin tilt, breaks own pole vault record appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2021

Obiena finishes fifth, but betters PH mark

By Kristel Satumbaga Olympic-bound pole vaulter EJ Obiena bettered his own Philippine record in finishing fifth in the tough Karlsruhe World Indoor Tour Meeting Friday in Germany. Obiena cleared 5.62 meters to surpass his mark of 5.43m which he posted at the 18th International Pole Vault Meeting in Potsdam, Germany in 2017. The 25-year-old PH bet […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 30th, 2021

Olympian pole vaulter Obiena tests caliber in IAAF Diamond League Athletics

Obiena arrived in Monaco from Formia, Italy Thursday just in time for the much-awaited meet that drew participation from the elite of the sport — reigning Olympic gold medalist Thiago Braz of Brazil, current world champion Sam Kendricks of the United States and world record holder Armand Duplantis of Sweden......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 13th, 2020

Yulo gets additional P800K Olympic bid funding

Filipino gymnast Caloy Yulo preparation for the Tokyo Olympics got an additional boost after the MVP Sports Foundation (MVPSF) extended a much-needed financial help on Wednesday. MVPSF president Al Panlilio announced that they have granted an extra P800,000 funding for Yulo to cover his training expenses in Japan as he prepares for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled July 23 to August 8 next year. "The MVPSF wants to make sure that our athletes still get the best training possible, even as we face the current COVID-19 pandemic," Panlilio said. The financial donation was coursed through the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines. "Aside from the financial relief from the additional finding, we're hopeful that this also puts Caloy's mind at ease, because we want to show him that we're behind him all the way," said Panlilio. "His sole focus should be on his quest to win an Olympic medal, and we'll do our best to take care of the rest." The 20-year old gymnast is one of four Filipinos who have qualified for the Games, which was delayed for a year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, along with pole vaulter EJ Obiena and boxers Eumir Felix Marcial and Irish Magno. Yulo earned his ticket to the Games after advancing to the final round of the men's all-around in the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. He also won the gold in the men's floor exercise in the same tournament. The Manila pride also won two gold medals and five silvers in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosted by the Philippines. With the financial help, Yulo got all-important shot in the arm as he vies for the elusive Olympics gold.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2020

SUPER SHOWDOWN: rookie EJ Laure vs. rookie Eya Laure

University of Sto. Tomas fans waited a long time to see sisters EJ and Eya Laure play together for the Tigresses after their explosive tandem won it all for the school during their stint with the girls' team. UAAP Season 82 saw the reunion of the Laure sisters albeit brief – two games to be exact – before the tournament was scrapped because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  One could just imagine what impact the Laure siblings would have brought to the Tigresses if not for the cancellation of the season. Skills-wise, both can contribute on points as well as provide support on defense. They have already proven it during their respective rookie seasons. In fact, both earned Rookie of the Year awards. But which Laure played better in her maiden stint with the black and gold? For this week’s ‘Super Showdown: Volleyball edition’, we compare the two well-rounded siblings based on their offense and defense, impact, competition and lasting impression for the Tigresses.        OFFENSE AND DEFENSE EJ brought the much-needed firepower for the then Odjie Mamon-mentored Tigresses in Season 77. In her first year, EJ averaged 11.7 points per game while providing help on net and floor defense. However, her main role in that UST batch was to contribute on points at the wing. She had a 32.17% success rate in attacks. On the defensive side, EJ contributed 13 kill blocks while playing a decent role on floor defense.     Eya, on the other hand, gave UST an added scoring option to a squad that already had veteran Sisi Rondina and 6-foot-2 Milena Alessandrini.     Eya averaged 16.4 points per outing behind Rondina’s 18.5 points per game in the elimination round of Season 81. Eya placed second in UST kill blocks with 19 during the elims behind Kecelyn Galdones’ 23. Eya also punched in 35.90% of her attacks.    TEAM IMPACT EJ gave UST faithful a ray of light when the highly-recruited talent decided to remain with UST after powering the Junior Tigresses to the girls’ title the year before.   The Season 76 Girls’ MVP adjusted well with setter Alex Cabanos and showed good chemistry with veterans Pam Lastimosa, Mela Tunay and Ria Meneses. EJ’s presence also brought back the UST crowd that in the past two years slowly dwindled after lumbering at fifth and sixth place in Season 75 and 76, respectively. Just like her older sister, Eya brought excitement to the Tigresses supporters. UST was then coming off its worst finish in decades – landing at seventh place in Season 80. Eya, Rondina and Alessandrini formed the deadly trio that brought great promise for UST heading into the season. The former high school MVP, Best Setter and two-time Best Opposite Spiker winner did not disappoint right from her debut game.   COMPETITION Although the favorite for the RoY award, EJ had to contend with one of league’s best batch of rookies. She played alongside another promising freshman in Rondina, who delivered UST’s first gold medal of the season in beach volleyball while bagging the rookie of the year and MVP awards. Ateneo had a prized recruit in middle Bea de Leon while De La Salle University's rookies were Eli Soyud and Aduke Ogunsanya. Far Eastern University also introduced solid young guns in ChinChin Basas, Heather Guino-o and Jerrili Malabanan. National University had Jorelle Singh and University of the Philippines got then rookie libero Ayel Estranero. Adamson University recruited a solid middle in Joy Dacoron while University boasted of skilled newcomers in libero Kath Arado and Judith Abil. EJ did pocket the RoY award as expected. But for the first time in the last two decades EJ shared the recognition with another impressive freshman in Arado – the first libero to receive the award since Mel Gohing of DLSU in Season 71. Just like her older sister, Eya came in as the odds-on favorite for RoY, considering the implementation of the K-12 education program. However, she still had to work to lay her claim. Eya faced her high school rivals Princess Robles, Ivy Lacsina of Jen Nierva of National University. Jolina Dela Cruz made immediate impact as DLSU’s leading scorer while Far Eastern University got Lycha Ebon, who unfortunately had her rookie year cut short after sustaining a knee injury.   LASTING IMPRESSION While EJ did give UST the boost it needed, the Tigresses still closed Season 77 outside of the top four. UST finished the elimination round with 6-8 win-loss record tied with FEU at fourth to fifth spot. Actually, UST came one set win away to a bus ride to the stepladder semifinals. EJ in the most important game for the Tigresses went cold, scoring only five points in just three sets of action. She started in the first two frames that UST yielded, sat out the third and fourth sets with Rondina playing better, before playing off the bench in the fifth.       It would take EJ two more years for a taste of a Final Four appearance. Unfortunately, EJ suffered a shoulder injury that forced her to sit out two seasons. Eya was a vital cog in the Tigresses’ rise in Season 81. She was consistent and her all-around game was a plus for the Kungfu Reyes-mentored team, which closed the elims with a 10-4 mark tied with the Lady Spikers. Eya’s heroics during the playoff against DLSU for the semis twice-to-beat advantage, where she dropped 17 points in the Tigresses’ four set win, pushed UST on the brink of ending an eight-year Finals stint drought. Eya erupted for 25 points in the Final Four to dethrone the four-peat seeking Lady Spikers in five sets. She backed Rondina in UST shocking Game 1 sweep of Ateneo in Game 1 of the Finals. Eya also showed big heart and great character in Games 2 and 3 despite playing hurt only to close her first year with a heartbreak after losing to the seasoned Lady Eagles. She averaged 10.6 points per game in the Finals.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2020

Medal table at Tokyo Olympic Games on August 3

TOKYO, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Following is medal table at the Tokyo Olympic Games after the competitions on Tuesday, August 3 (tabulated under delegations, gold, silver, bronze and total medals): China 32 21 16 69 United States 24 28 21 73 Japan 19 6 11 36 Australia 14 4 15 33 ROC 13 21 18 52 Britain 13 17 13 43 Germany 8 8 14 30 France 6 10 8 24 Netherlands 6.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

Medal table at Tokyo Olympic Games on August 4

TOKYO, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Following is medal table at the Tokyo Olympic Games after the competition on Wednesday, August 4 (tabulated under delegations, gold, silver, bronze and total medals): China 32 22 16 70 United States 25 31 23 79 Japan 21 7 12 40 Britain 15 18 15 48 Australia 15 4 17 36 ROC 14 21 18 53 Germany 8 8 16 32 France 6 10 9 25 Italy 6 9 15.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

Medal table at Tokyo Olympic Games on August 5

TOKYO, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Following is medal table at the Tokyo Olympic Games after the competitions on Thursday, August 5 (tabulated under delegations, gold, silver, bronze and total medals): China 34 24 16 74 United States 29 35 27 91 Japan 22 10 14 46 Australia 17 5 19 41 ROC 16 22 20 58 Britain 16 18 17 51 Germany 9 9 16 34 France 7 11 9 27 Italy 7 10 1.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

Diaz remembers journey, hopes to inspire fellow Filipinos

The Philippines’ first gold medal and Olympic record were the product of all the hard work Hidilyn Diaz and ‘Team HD’ put together that past two years before the Tokyo Olympics......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 4th, 2021