JAKARTA, Indonesia – In the 2018 Asian Games athletics tournament, Ernest John “EJ” Obiena had a game plan in mind.

But after failing to see action in the last four months of 2017 due to an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury, the Filipino pole vaulter could not quite execute and failed to land in the top 3.

As the bar was raised to 5.30m, Obiena made his way to his starting postion, held on to his pole and took a deep breath before his approach. His pole met the plant box then with all his might, he took off and swung over the crossbar for an easy clear in one attempt.

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