Obiena finishes sixth in Stockholm Wanda Diamond meet

EJ Obiena couldn’t sustain his winning form a few days back after finishing sixth in the prestigious Bauhaus Galan Wanda Diamond League meet in Stockholm, Sweden Thursday (Friday in Manila).

Photo from EJ Obiena's Facebook account

The Tokyo Olympian could only clear 5.73 meters – far lower from his winning performance of 5.92m at the Taby Stavhoppsgala – to finish behind eventual champion and world record holder Armand Duplantis.

Duplantis improved his own outdoor world record by posting 6.16m – one centimeter higher than his previous mark set in Rome two years back.

The meet is only Obiena’s second tournament since contracting Covid-19 last month that had him miss two earlier scheduled events.

He treated his recent performance as a learning experience.

“You win some... then you learn some,” Obiena wrote on social media, accompanied by a video clip of his performance.

Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Christopher Nilsen and 2016 Rio Games champion Thiago Braz – who settled for third behind Obiena in the Taby meet – both cleared the bar at 5.93m, but Nilsen claimed the silver via countback.

Pal Haugen Lillefosse and three-time world indoor champion Renaud Lavillenie came in fourth and fifth with 5.83m.