EJ Obiena posts season-best, rules Swedish meet

EJ Obiena displayed another impressive performance after ruling the Taby Stavhoppsgala in Taby, Sweden Tuesday.

Photo by Wilma Murto/EJ Obiena's Facebook page

The 26-year-old Tokyo Olympian posted a season-best 5.92 meters on his second attempt to dominate the seven-player field that included 2016 Rio Olympics gold medalist Thiago Braz of Brazil.

His previous season best in an outdoor event was 5.85m at the L’Aquila leg of the European City of Sports tournament in Italy last May.

Obiena attempted to clear 6.01m – a height that could have erased his Asian record of 5.93m – but failed.

Braz came in second with 5.82m while Simon Guttormsen of Norway finished third with 5.72m.

This was Obiena’s first tournament after contracting Covid-19 a few weeks ago that had him miss two tournaments.

Obiena’s next tournament will be the Bauhaus Galan Wanda Diamond League Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden on Thursday.