(UPDATED) ERNEST John "EJ" Obiena's string of three gold medals came to a halt at the ISTAF Berlin in Germany after the Filipino Olympian bagged the silver medal in men's pole vault on Sunday, September 4.
Obiena registered his best leap of the day at 5.81 meters to place second behind Menno Vloon of The Netherlands who cleared the 5.88-meter bar for the gold.
Bronze medalist Kurtis Marschall of Australia also jumped 5.81 meters but Obiena bagged the silver after needing only two attempts to clear the bar compared to Marschall's three.
Obiena, the world's third ranked pole vaulter, topped the previous three tournaments — Internationales Stabhochsprung-Meeting, True Athletics Classics and St. Wendel City Jump — over the past two weeks. Overall, this is the sixth podium finish for Obiena in a month.
"A few more competitions before we call it a season. Let us keep pushing and keep fighting," wrote Obiena on his social media account.
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Rutger Koppelaar of The Netherlands, Anthony Ammirati and Valentin Lavillenie of France, Olen Tray Oates of the United States, Simen Guttormsen of Norway and Gillian Ladwig of Germany also competed in the event.
Obiena will next compete in the Liechtenstein leg of the Golden Fly Series on September 11.