Obiena falls short of new national record in Poland meet

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Philippines' Ernest John Obiena competes during the men's pole vault event at The Diamond League AG Memorial Van Damme athletics meeting at The King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on September 3, 2021. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP) (Photo by JOHN THYS/AFP via Getty Images)
Philippines' Ernest John Obiena. (PHOTO: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images)

EJ Obiena delivered a spirited performance at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial 2021 in Chorzow, Poland on Sunday (September 5) after finishing in a share of second place for a silver-medal finish.  

The Filipino Olympian, who was coming off a 10th-place outing in the Allianz Memorial Van Damme competition in Brussels last Friday, wasted no time establishing his footing in the competition as he cleared the 5.40m, 5.60m, 5.70m and 5.80m marks within one or two attempts.  

Obiena then took a crack at 5.86m, which could have put him in prime position for gold, but failed. Still, he had a shot to land atop the podium but went for a height of 5.92m in a bid to shatter his national record. 

At the end, the product of University of Santo Tomas (UST) missed on two tries to end up in second place alongside American KC Lightfoot, who also cleared 5.80m.  

Cristopher Nilsen of America, who won silver in the Tokyo Olympics, struck gold in the meet after completing a 5.86m clearance.  

Obiena is set to return to action in the Weltklasse Wanda Diamond League Finals in Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday and Thursday.  

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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