Tokyo Olympic Games-bound Ernest John Obiena catapulted himself to a bronze medal finish in the recently concluded World Athletics Indoor Tour gold event.
25-year-old Obiena posted 5.80 meters in the 2021 Copernicus Cup in Torun, Poland for her fourth podium finish this year.
“Tough game, but thankful for the 5.80m jump on countback,” said Obiena said on her social media account.
The 6-foot-2 national pole vaulter was third with two-time world champion Sam Kendricks of the United States and hometown bet Piotr Lisek who pocketed gold and silver medals, respectively, at the same mark.
Kendricks scored 5.80m in his first attempt compared to Lisek and Obiena’s three attempts that resulted in their countback.
Obiena, Kendricks and Lisek did not jump the 5.87m.
The 2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist is preparing for the 2021 Olympics set for July 23 to August 8 in Tokyo, Japan.
“Last leg of the World Indoor Tour has come to an end with the conclusion of @copernicuscup_pl here in Torun,” said Obiena.
Obiena bagged two golds at the Internationales Stadionfest Indoors in Berlin from her 5.80m on February 5 and at the PSD Bank Indoor Meeting at 5.65m in Dortmund on February 7 in Germany.