EJ OBIENA ROUNDS OFF OLYMPIC CAMPAIGN WITH 11TH PLACE FINISH
EJ Obiena brought his Tokyo Olympic journey to a close as he settled for an 11th-place finish in the men's pole vault finals at the New Olympic Stadium.
The Filipino vaulter bowed out of the contention after failing to clear the 5.80 meters after three attempts.
Obiena got caught up with some technical issue on his final attempt on the 5.80 meters and was red-flagged for not making the jump.
He appealed his case to the officials, pointing out that the upright was not properly placed and expressing concern that his time was running out.
His protest was upheld, and he was allowed to make one more attempt on the pole, however, Obiena fell short of making the jump.
Armand Duplantis of Sweden bagged the gold medal after hurdling the 6.02 meters while United States’ Christopher Nielsen and Brazil’s Thiago Braz settled for silver and bronze, respectively.
Obiena was the first Filipino to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics after making the cut in a meet in Chairi, Italy where he recorded 5.81 meters.