EJ Obiena

Obiena finishes 4th in Berlin

September 14, 2021 Theodore P. Jurado 357 views

FILIPINO pole vault sensation EJ Obiena capped a busy weekend by finishing fourth in the ISTAF Berlin competition on Sunday.

A day after setting a new Asian record of 5.93 meters, Obiena tried to clear 5.91 meters but failed on all of his three attempts.

Obiena settled 5.81 meters, but missed the podium to United States’ KC Lightfoot, who also cleared that mark in just one attempt.

The 25-year old, who placed 11th in last month’s Tokyo Olympics, needed to make the mark on his third try in the meet that drew 11 competitors.

The Americans dominated the event, with Sam Kendricks and Christopher Nilsen both clearing 5.91 meters. Kendricks won via countback over Nilsen for the gold.

Obiena set a new continental record at the 2021 Golden Roof Challenge in Innsbruck, Austria on Saturday.

He broke the 23-year old Asian mark of 5.92 meters, set by Igor Potapovich of Kazakhstan on February 19, 1998.