FILE – Philippine’s Ernest John Obiena reacts in the course of the Pole Vault Males competitors of the ISTAF INDOOR (Internationales Stadionfest) worldwide athletics assembly on February 5, 2021 in Berlin. (Picture by Tobias SCHWARZ / POOL / AFP)
World record-holder Armand Duplantis is the yardstick by which the best pole vaulters on the planet measure themselves.
Ernest John Obiena confronted the 21-year-old Swedish pole vault ace late Sunday and came upon first-hand the problem that lies within the coming Tokyo Olympics after ending second within the FBK Video games in Hengelo, Netherlands.
Duplantis cleared 6.10 meters to rule the meet hailed because the gold normal within the World Athletics Continental Tour, whereas Obiena confirmed progress with a 5.80-meter bounce on his second event of the continued outside season.
“I improved the bounce to five.80 for a silver medal. I’m doing my finest for a greater efficiency and I nonetheless want a variety of issues to work on,’’ mentioned Obiena, the present Asian champion and record-holder.
Obiena, who topped the Folksam Athletics Grand Prix in Gothenburg, Sweden firstly of the outside season final week with a 5.70-meter effort, elevated the bar to five.86m in a bid to erase his private better of 5.81m however couldn’t hurdle the peak with out flaw.
The 25-year-old Southeast Asian Video games gold medalist has one other top-level outside competitors in Mossingen, Germany on June 11 earlier than returning to his coaching camp in Formia, Italy.
Ukranian coach Vitaly Petrov will then consider his efficiency within the three tournaments the place he participated and recalibrate the coaching program getting into the ultimate stretch of his Olympic preparation.
Duplantis tried to overshadow his world outside file of 6.15m after pushing it to six.19m, however to no avail.
Dutchman Menno Vloom cleared the identical top as Obiena however settled for the bronze by way of the countback. Vloom will compete with Obiena and Duplantis within the Tokyo Video games on July 23-Aug. 8.
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