Record-breaker Ernest John Obiena spearheaded the country’s five-gold romp in the 78th Singapore Open Track and Field Championships being held at the National Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
The 22-year-old Obiena registered 5.55 meters in the men’s pole vault to erase the two-decade old mark of 5.40m of Japanese Toshiyuki Hashioka in 1992.
He also surpassed his own the Philippine record of 5.47m.
Taiwanese Hsieh Chia Han was relegated to the second place with 5.10m while Malaysian Iskandar Alwi took the bronze with 5.00m.
Reigning Southeast Asian Games champion Christopher Ulboc Jr. also delivered gold medal in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase event so as Edgardo Alejan Jr. in the men’s 400m dash of the tournament sanctioned by the International Athletics Associations Federation.
Ulboc submitted nine minutes and 36.23 seconds to beat Singapore bets Chilton Ong (10:01.97) and Chong Qi Tan (10:02.91) while Alejan had 47.10-second showing in trouncing Mohammad Arif Zuhil Alet of Malaysia (47.44) and Alexander Carew of Australia (47.54).
The other gold medalists were Mervin Guarte in the men’s 1,500m run (4:02.72) and Rosie Villarito in women’s javelin throw (43.61m).
Winning silver medals were former Asian Championship gold medalist Marestella Torres (women’s long jump) and Julian Reem Fuentes (men’s long jump) while Melvin Calano added a bronze in the men’s javelin throw event.