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Obiena finishes 4th in Berlin

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FILIPINO pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena began his 2022 campaign with a fourth space carry out within the Istaf Indoor opponents at the Mercedes-Benz Enviornment in Berlin, Germany early Saturday (Philippine time).

Clearly now not on his top create yet, Obiena’s finest jump on Saturday became once 5.70 meters. The 26-365 days-ancient Olympian tried to surpass that by aiming for five.81 meters, but he became once unsuccessful in three makes an try.

Obiena, who went below the knife on January 12 to ranking the screw that became once positioned in his knee true thru an ACL reconstruction plan in 2017, officially began his 2022 pole vault campaign with an are attempting at the 5.45-meter bar.

The 2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, alternatively, didn’t definite it on his first are attempting but did so on his second are attempting.

Obiena, the Asian file holder of 5.93 meters, then proceeded to ace the 5.59 m and 5.70 m bar sooner than faltering at 5.81 m.

German Bo Kanda Lita Baehre and Polish Piotr Lisek’s finest jumps were also at 5.70 meters, but they cleared the height on their second makes an try, thus finishing lower than Obiena.

Lita Baehre and Lisek were tied for fifth and sixth locations.

Swedish-American Armand Duplantis, the reigning Olympic champion and world file holder of 6.18 meters, ruled the opponents after clearing 6.03 meters. He tried to spoil his file by attempting to definite 6.19 meters but failed.

American KC Lightfoot performed second at 5.92 meters and German Oleg Zernikel positioned third along with his new deepest finest of 5.81 meters.

Obiena will participate subsequent within the Global Pole Vault Invitational in Sweden on February 9.

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