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    EJ Obiena captures gold medal in Summer Universiade in Italy

    Jul 13, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    ERNEST John ‘EJ’ Obiena captured the gold medal in the 30th Summer Universiade on Friday night in Napoli, Italy.

    The 23-year-old Obiena cleared 5.76 meters, his personal best, on his second attempt to beat Torben Blech of Germany, who also cleared 5.76 meters but on his third try.

    Ben Joren Broeders of Belgium won the bronze with 5.51 in the competition also called the World University Games.

    Obiena was also .04 meters short of the Universiade record of 5.80 meters by Istvan Bagyula of Hungary, who hit the mark in 1991.

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