Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena has bowed out of medal contention in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after landing in 11th place in Tuesday’s (August 3) finals round.
Although the 25-year-old fell short of a podium finish, he was still able to put the Philippines on the map when it comes to pole vaulting. He’s the first-ever Filipino Olympian to reach the finals of the said sport.
Obiena failed to clear his last 5.80 meters attempt in the men’s pole vault final held at the Tokyo Olympics Stadium. He used up all three of his available attempts to leap over the said height but to no avail.
According to Obiena, he felt that he wasn’t able to do the best he can. However, he noted that he was now ‘at peace’ with what unfolded.
“It didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to be. It didn’t feel like I was able to do what I can,” Obiena shared.
“I gave everything I can and I’m at peace with that. Sometimes [things] don’t work and that’s something that will haunt me for quite some time,” he added.
Obiena, who holds the Philippine pole vaulting record with a 5.87-meter clear, now joins the growing list of Filipino athletes who’ve bowed out of the Tokyo Games.
At present, the Philippines now has four medals in the 2020 Summer Olympics.
A silver from Filipina boxer Nesthy Petecio, a gold from weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, and boxers Carlo Paalam and Eumir Marcial are already assured of bronze medals but continue to fight for the elusive gold.
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