AS tough as his quest to the Summer Olympics is, pole vaulter EJ Obiena said he is now in a great position for a golden win at Tokyo in July.
“I think that I have the best chances than all that I have [had] all throughout the years,” said Obiena on Noli Eala’s “Power and Play” program on Saturday.
“I’m in a position where I know I can compete with the best of the best. That’s something that my coach has imparted to me and we have worked for,” added Obiena, who has been training and residing in Italy for the last 15 months.
The 25-year-old gave an impressive showing at the recently concluded World Indoor Tour. The 6’2” Filipino won gold at the Istaf Indoor Athletics in Berlin, silver at the PSD Indoor Meeting in Dortmund, silver at the Orlen Cup and bronze at the Copernicus Cup in Poland.
He also set the Philippine record and his personal best thrice, clearing 5.62 m at the Karlsruhe World Indoor Meeting on January 30, 5.80 m at the Istaf meet and 5.86 m at the Orlen Cup.
Obiena did all these in a span of three weeks from late January to mid-February.
He said the one-year postponement of the Olympics allowed him to get better, sharing, “The delay helped me because I’m able to work on my technique. I’m a little bit faster; I’m a little bit stronger.”