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Obiena leaps short of Olympic podium in men's pole vault

Luisa Morales - Philstar.com
Obiena leaps short of Olympic podium in men's pole vault
Philippines' Ernest John Obiena competes in the men's pole vault final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 3, 2021.
BEN STANSALL / AFP

MANILA, Philippines – EJ Obiena missed out on a medal in his first appearance in the Olympics.

This after he registered just a best clearance of 5.70m in the final at the Olympic stadium on Tuesday.

TRACKER: Team Philippines at the Tokyo Olympics

Obiena thus finished at joint 11th with Germany's Bo Kanda Lita Baehre.

Obiena's final competition in Tokyo came with a little bit of drama as the Filipino had to make his case for a retry in his third and final attempt at 5.80m.

The 25-year-old couldn't get a proper attempt at the height because of a concern near the upright.

Obiena went into a lengthy discussion with the officials to give him another try, which he was granted.

However, it was still not enough as Obiena failed to clear the height.

As of press time, eight vaulters are still competing with world record holder Armand Duplantis and reigning Olympic champion Thiago Braz still in contention for the gold.

Obiena now has the distinction of being Filipino pole vaulter who had 

2021 TOKYO OLYMPICS POLE VAULT
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