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EJ Obiena vaults to bounce-back gold, rules ISTAF Berlin at last

Delfin Dioquino

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EJ Obiena vaults to bounce-back gold, rules ISTAF Berlin at last

ROAR. The Philippines' Ernest John Obiena in action during the men's pole vault final of the 2023 World Athletics Championships.

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His medal streak snapped, EJ Obiena gets back on track as he breaks through in the ISTAF Berlin after falling short the past years

MANILA, Philippines – EJ Obiena took little time to rediscover his top form.

At long last, the Filipino pole vaulter captured the gold medal in the ISTAF Berlin in Germany following a 5.92-meter clearance on Sunday, September 3 (Monday, September 4, Manila time).

Obiena topped the 12-man field as he got back on track after seeing his medal streak snapped with a surprising 10th-place finish in the Weltklasse Zurich in Switzerland three days ago.

Unsuccessful in his first two tries, Obiena soared past 5.92m in his final attempt to break through in the event which saw him fall short the past years.

This edition marked the fourth time Obiena joined ISTAF Berlin as he finished 10th in 2019, fourth in 2021, and second in 2022.

Obiena, in the process, bagged his 12th medal out of the 13 meets his took part in for the current outdoor season.

“Finally got this outdoor trophy after so many years of coming up short,” Obiena wrote on Facebook.

Sondre Guttormsen of Norway and KC Lightfoot of the United States settled for silver and bronze, respectively, as they both failed to hurdle 5.92m.

Guttormsen and Lightfoot both recorded 5.82m, but the Norwegian edged the American via countback.

Meanwhile, former Olympic medalists Chris Nilsen (5.72) and Sam Kendricks (5.52) finished fourth and ninth, respectively. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.