EJ Obiena misses podium in men's pole vault

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EJ Obiena missed his chance at landing a medal in his debut Olympic appearance after settling for joint 11th place in men's pole vault at the Tokyo Games Tuesday night.

Obiena finished with 5.70 meters along after missing all three attempts at 5.80m. He tied with Germany's Bo Kanda Lita Baehhre.

The Filipino world No. 6 actually had another chance at his third attempt when he argued that the uprights were moving and the time was still running down.

But he failed to convert that second-chance attempt to advance to the next height.

World record holder Armand Duplantis of Sweden captured the gold medal with 6.02m, while United States champion Chris Nilsen came in silver with 5.97m and 2016 Rio Olympic champion Thiago Braz of Brazil for bronze with 5.87m.

Duplantis attempted to break his own world record of 6.18m as well as Braz's Olympic record of 6.03m but shooting for 6.19m, but failed.