FILIPINO pole vaulter Ernest John "EJ" Obiena finished fourth at the Diamond League final early Friday (Philippine time) at the Weltklasse Zurich in Switzerland.
Obiena, who finished 11th at the Tokyo Olympics, cleared 5.83 meters in his second attempt to place fourth among six participants.
The 25-year-old Obiena looked to eclipse his personal and Philippine record of 5.91 meters, as he attempted to clear 5.93 meters but failed in three tries.
American Cristopher Nilsen also cleared 5.83 meters, but settled for fifth place, as he hurdled the height in his third attempt.
American KC Lightfoot, likewise, cleared 5.83 meters in three tries, but was relegated to the sixth and last spot because he cleared the 5.73-meter in three attempts. Nilsen cleared the same height in just one try.
Armand Duplantis of Switzerland reigned supreme anew as he topped the tournament by hurdling 6.06 meters. The reigning Olympic champion even tried to break his world record of 6.18 meters by trying to clear 6.19 but failed in three attempts.
American Sam Kendricks claimed the second spot as he cleared 5.93 meters in two tries.
Russian Timor Murgunov also cleared the same height in his second try, but settled for third place as he leaped 5.73 meters in two tries. Kendricks cleared the height in just one attempt.