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Obiena mad over doping allegations, mulls legal action

Filipino pole vault ace Ernest John 'EJ' Obiena expressed his anger and disappointment on Sunday night, October 15 over the doping allegations made by Anais Lavillenie, wife of 2012 Olympic men's pole vault gold medalist Renaud Lavillenie.

Anais wrote her accusations that Obiena, the world's no. 2 pole vaulter, is using performance-enhancing drugs (PED) in the comments section of Vaulter Magazine – Vaulter Club Inc. Facebook page which shared The Manila Times' post, which reported Obiena's belief that he can beat world no. 1 Armand Duplantis.

EJ Obiena AFP FILE PHOTO

A Lynn Lazar commented last Friday 'Well, you have to believe to achieve. So he's on the right track at least. Realistically? Anything is possible.' to which Anais replied 'Obiena doped and it'll fall like Braz. Same coach, same plan, same objective!'

Anais has already deleted her comment but not before fans and even Obiena himself took a screenshot of what she wrote. Obiena included the screenshot on his post.

“I want to remain classy and dignified on this subject. All I will say is I am disappointed, angry and feel wronged by these statements. I will let the story evolve while my team explores the many angles including legal. I guess this is part of the price you pay when you win,” wrote Obiena.

The Braz that Anais was talking about is apparently Brazilian Thiago Braz, who captured the 2016 Olympic men's pole vault gold medal but got suspended last July for testing positive for ostarine, which WebMD describes as a selective androgen receptor modulator that helps muscles grow.

It is classified as an investigational drug by the US FDA and is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The 'same coach' Anais was talking about is apparently Ukranian legend Vitaly Petrov, who coaches both Braz and Obiena.

Fans in the comments section of the said post have called out Anais for his unfounded accusation on Obiena, some even calling her bitter.

“Why delete your comment? You must face the consequences of your own stupidity,” a Jan Vicon wrote.

“Anais Lavillenie is just really bitter because a pole vaulter outside US and Europe is doing successfully and has improved overtime. You're not even expressing concern, you're just expressing your wish for someone's failure,” a Jericho Bullecer wrote.

An Ameera Goma, replying to Adrian C. Castro's comment of 'Anais Lavillenie thinks before you click/ comment', said 'she deleted the comment after making it into our national news in our country. Hope she issues an apology and learned her lesson before accusing anyone of cheating, especially a national athlete without a factual basis. Posting here what she commented 2 days ago', wrote Goma who included a screenshot of Anais' comment.

Obiena has grown leaps and bounds since finishing 11th at the Tokyo Olympics, rising from no. 6 in July 2021 to no. 2 in the men's pole vault world rankings as of October 2023.

Obiena reset the Asian record to 6.0 meters in Bergen Jump Challenge in Norway for the gold medal last June. Two months later, the pride of Tondo repeated the height clearance in the World Championships in Budapest for the silver, the country's first in the said world meet

Turning 28 years old this November, Obiena also made the podium 15 times out of the 16 tournaments he joined this outdoor season capped by his Asian Games conquest in Hangzhou, China where he set the new meet record to 5.90 meters.

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