EJ Obiena Beats World Record Holder for First-Ever Diamond League Win

He's been on a hot streak in Europe recently.
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Coming off back-to-back first place finishes in Germany, EJ Obiena continues his hot streak in Europe as he defeats Armand "Mondo" Duplantis in Brussels, Belgium for his first-ever Wanda Diamond League win.

On Friday, September 2, Obiena took on the world record holder and more than held his own. The 26-year-old pole vaulter cleared a 5.91-meter finish in his third attempt to cap off the run. Meanwhile, Duplantis, who once set the world record with a 6.17-meter finish in Poland back in 2020, cleared 5.81 meters. The victory also marked Obiena's first win against Duplantis, who had an uncharacteristic outing in the tourney.

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The U.S.' Christopher Nilsen finished third at 5.71 meters. Brazil's 2016 Rio Olympics champion Thiago Braz and Netherlands’ Rutger Koppelaar each registered 5.71 meters, too.

This also happens to be Obiena's fifth straight gold finish and third straight gold medal in only his second season in the European circuit. In August, the Filipino pole vaulter has been on quite a tear, winning in the Stabhochsprungmeeting in Jockgrim, the True Athletes Classics in Leverkusen, and the St. Wendel City Jump in Sankt Wendel in Germany. He had bagged bronze in the Athletissima meet in Lausanne, Switzerland in the same month, as well. 

Obiena will start competing in the Internationales Stadionfest Berlin 2022 next.

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