EJ Obiena finishes fourth in Diamond League Final

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Philippines' Ernest John Obiena prepares to compete 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)
Ernest John Obiena of Philippines. (Photo: JOHN THYS/AFP via Getty Images)

EJ Obiena could not land a spot on the podium of the Diamond League Final after settling for a fourth-place finish on Friday (September 10, Manila time) at the Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich, Switzerland.  

The Filipino Olympian, who is also Asia's top pole vaulter, cleared a height of 5.83 meters but it was not enough to crack into the top three in an elite field that featured six of the finest athletes in the event.  

Still, Obiena will not come home empty-handed as he pocketed $4,000 in the event.  

Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Armand Duplantis of Sweden stamped his class over the competition as he captured the Diamond League trophy and the $30,000 prize pot with a 6.06m clearance, despite coming up short of resetting his world record with three failed attempts at 6.19m. 

Sam Kendricks of the United States finished the meet in second place after overcoming a height of 5.93m, while Timur Morgunov of Russia settled for third with an identical height clearance. 

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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