EJ Obiena lands fourth place in Berlin tiff

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 13) – Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena finished fourth in the ISTAF Berlin Continental Tour.

The 25-year-old Filipino pole vault sensation finished with 5.81 meters, after failing to cross the 5.91-meter mark in three tries.

Obiena aced the 5.41- and 5.56-meter clearance in one attempt and 5.71 meters in two tries.

The Berlin tournament finished with an all-American podium as Sam Kendricks beat Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Christopher Nilsen for the gold via count back rule, after they both hurdled the 5.91-meter mark.

KC Lightfoot edged Obiena for the bronze medal after the American cleared 5.81 meters in just one attempt.

A day before the Berlin meet, Obiena broke the Asian and national record after hurdling the 5.93-meter mark for a gold medal finish in the Golden Roof Challenge in Innsbruck, Austria.

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