Obiena seeks redemption in KL Games

Kristel Satumbaga [ Source: Manila Bulletin ] - January 10, 2017

Pole vaulter EJ Obiena said he’s not hurting but he can still vividly remember his failed gold-medal campaign in the 2015 SEA Games that he intends to make amends in the coming Kuala Lumpur Games this August.

Installed as heavy favorite to win the gold medal having a world class mentor in Ukrainian Vitaly Petrov, Obiena left the charming island of Singapore fully disappointed as he settled for a silver medal.

He did clear the 5.25-meter barrier – a personal best – but Thai Porranot Purahong proved much better, hurdling the 5.30m to snatch the gold medal.

“I was expected to win the gold last SEA Games,” Obiena admitted in an online interview. “But the Thai had a really good rhythm going to 5.30m and he cleared it, while I failed to do the same.”

A year after that, Obiena also failed to gain a berth for the Rio Games, thus doubling his heartaches.
“The past two years were not as solid as I am expecting them to be, but I try not to look back at the past,” Obiena said.

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