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EJ Obiena qualifies for 2024 Paris Olympics

Pole vaulter EJ Obiena is once again heading to the Olympics.

The Asian record holder cleared 5.82 meters in the BAUHAUS-Galan leg of the Diamond League in Stockholm, Sweden on Sunday (Sweden time), to book a slot to the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Obiena needed two attempts to clear the said entry standard.

He also attempted to clear 5.95 meters but failed to do so.

A minimum of at least 5.82 meters clearance between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024 is the standard for male pole vaulters to qualify for the Paris Games.

Aside from the Olympic qualification, Obiena finished second in the said event behind Olympic gold medalist Armand Duplantis who cleared 6.05 meters.

It was no secret that Obiena wanted another shot at the Olympics after his stint in Tokyo back in 2021.

During the Tokyo Games, Obiena finished 11th overall in the pole vault finals.

After defending his gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia last May, one of Obiena's another major achievements recently was clearing the 6.0-meter mark and joining pole vault's elite six-meter club.

Gymnast Carlos Yulo will be the next one who will also attempt to qualify to the Paris Olympics through the World Gymnastics Championships in October.

—JKC, GMA Integrated News