Pole vaulter Obiena, hurdler Unso out of SEA Games 2017 with injuries

BUKIT JALIL, Malaysia – Team Philippines lost two chances at medals in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games here as pole vaulter EJ Obiena and hurdler Patrick Unso have been sidelined with injuries.

Obiena, 21, confirmed to Rappler he injured his left knee – his take-off leg – during training in the Philippines on Friday, August 18, right before he was set to fly to Kuala Lumpur for the games. He said the initial diagnosis was an anterior cruciate ligament tear. 

"I am really upset. But I don't want to think about it right now because I feel that I am going downhill," Obiena told Rappler via chat on Saturday. "I feel that I failed as an athlete."

Meanwhile, reports also said Unso injured his hamstring and won't compete in 110m hurdles.

The news comes just shortly after the Philippines copped its first gold medal courtesy of marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, who dominated her 5 other competitors with a time of 2:43:31.

Silver and bronze medalists Jasmine Goh and Rachel See, both from Singapore, came in at 2:54:51 and 2:58:27, respectively.

The Philippines is trying to best its 29-gold performance in 2015. – with reports from Beatrice Go/Rappler.com