After breaking the Philippine and Southeast Asian Games pole vault records, Olympic Games-bound Ernest John Obiena also wants to destroy the Asian mark.
And the 6-foot-2 national pole vaulter believes he can do it.
“I want to jump the Asian record (5.93m) that’s for sure,” Obiena said in an interview with CNN Philippines from Italy. “That’s gonna make me the best in the whole of Asia.”
Obiena broke the Philippine indoor pole vault record four times in her six World Athletics Indoor Tour gold events.
Obiena claimed the gold medal at the Internationales Stadionfest Indoors in Berlin, Germany with her 5.80m listed for the new Philippine indoor mark.
The 2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist also won gold at the PSD Bank Indoor Meeting in his 5.65m jump in Dortmund in Germany.
All of this is in preparation for 25-year-old Obiena for the 2021 Olympics to be held in Tokyo, Japan from July 23 to August 8.
He also collected a silver and a bronze medal in the said World Athletics Indoor Tour gold event.