Asia’s top Paul Walter Ernest John Obina set his sights on the World Athletics Championships in July after retaining his SEA Games title by easily clearing the Games-record 5.46m on Saturday.
The 26-year-old Filipino, ranked as the sixth-best man in the world by Paul Walter, broke his previous Southeast Asian Games record of 5.45m to win gold in 2019.
But in the foggy conditions at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, Obina failed to improve on her Asian-record 5.93 meters.
“I wanted to beat the Asian record. You never know how many chances I get, I wanted to, I really wanted it today, “he told reporters later, failing three times at 5.94m.
But he was still feeling “positive” about the World Championships in Oregon over a two-month period.
“The first battle is that I need to make sure I get there. (First) I choose to compete and the next one is to perform well, “said Obina, who finished joint 11th at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.
“That’s why I’m here. I’m getting ready. “