Obiena lands 4th in Berlin, first pole-vault competition of 2022
Lightfoot, meanwhile, got past the 5.92 meters easily but could not sustain in the next height for a silver finish. Zernikel tallied 5.81 meters, his personal best, for the bronze medal.
Obiena is set to compete next in Sweden for the International Pole Vault Invitational slated on February 9.
Last January, Obiena was officially removed from the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association’s (PATAFA) list of athletes.
This as the PATAFA decided to “move on” from its feud with the Olympic pole vaulter and focus on the rest of its athletes.
It also means PATAFA will no longer endorse Obiena for funding, including his monthly allowance, from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).