Pooranot vs EJ Obiena
Ernest John Obiena the games favorite was unlucky to miss out on a Gold Medal for the Philippines. While the SEA Junior Record Holder and Philippine National Record Holder registered 5.25m just outside his PB of 5.30m. Yet he was beaten by his long time rival Pooranot Purahong of Thailand who set a games record of 5.30m. Most noteablly defending champion Kreetha Sintacheewa was not entered. The Bronze went to Iskandar Alwi of Malaysia who was out at 5.05m. Hence Obiena upgraded his fourth place finish two years ago in Myanmar to a Silver Medal.
It was a thrilling battle with both EJ Obiena and Pooranot getting to 5.20m with no failed clearances. While Pooranot cleared 5.20, and then Obiena failed on his first attempt. EJ Obiena wanted to increase his run up however an immovable metal object attached to the track prevented this, which officials were not able to move in time. The bar was raised to 5.25 with both athletes failing to clear this on the second attempt. In conclusionPooranot cleared 5.30m easily on his first attempt and Obiena fouled out after three attempts. Also Pooranot looked like he could cleared 5.35m in this meet but he was not happy with this and raised the bar to 5.40m and had three failed attempts.
Both men have sailed over the old SEA Games Record of Kreetha Sintacheewa which is 5.21m in Laos at the 2009 Edition. Also Pooranot tied the SEA Record of EJ Obiena at 5.30m. Hence Pooranot has improved his best leap from 5.20m to 5.30m. Yet EJ and Pooranot are both 20 years old, it’s very good to know now EJ has a good opponent in South East Asia ,this will definitely add to the quality of SEA Athletic meets; as both of these young men aim for the 5.65m required for the Rio Olympics next year.
Also the other Filipino in this event Janry Ubas who is more of a decathlete started at the height of 4.95m his PB is 4.60m and fouled out.
In the Men’s Triple Jump Muhammed Ismail of Malaysia leapt 16.76m breaking Nguyen Van Hung games record set 2013 SEA Games of 16.67m. Kongnil Varunyoo of Thailand was second in 16.20m. Van Hung settled for bronze this time in 15.92m. Just ahead of Mark Harry Diones of Philippines 15.87m.