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Cray Cruises First 60m of Season runs Heats only.
Eric Cray topped the heats of the 60-meter dash at the KMS Open on January 31, in Birmingham Alabama in 6.75. Cray did not contest the Semis or Finals which were both won by Andrew Hudson of Empire Athletics in 6.67 and eventually, in 6.63. It was a close finish with Hudson holding off two unattached athletes, Jackson Webb and Hakim Ruffin who were centimeters behind in 6.64 and 6.65.
Cray holds the National Record of 6.57 which he has set twice at the Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico on the 14th of February 2015 and also at the Asian Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar on the 19th of February 2016.
Eric has scratched from the 200m at the KMS Open; he was originally on the start list.
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Eric Cray opens 2021 Season
32-year-old Eric Cray opened his season with two second places in the KMS Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama, on January 24, 2021.
He ran 48.13 to place second in the 400m. (PB is 47.71). The winner was Ezequiel Suarez Hidalgo of Puerto Rico. (PB is 46.65) outdoors.
Cray then followed up with a 200m run timing 21.67 behind Devonte Fletcher, who clocked 21.45.
Eric Cray holds the National Indoor Record in the 200m with a PB of 21.31.
Eric Cray needs 48.90 to qualify for the 400 Hurdles at the Olympic Games 2021 in Tokyo by June 29. His PB of 48.98 was set 5 years ago in Madrid.
This follows Kristina Knott breaking the Philippine 60m Record of Lydia De Vega at the same meet.
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Eric Cray has 15-19 meets coming up to try and qualify for the 2021 Olympics
Until June 29, 2021, Eric Cray will have to hit the 48.90 in Men’s 400 Hurdles required to qualify for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.
Cray in the qualifying period fastest time was 50.21 in 2019. Hence he is 1.31 seconds from the qualifying standard. Eric last ran under 50 seconds in 2018. And with COVID in 2020 opted not to race 400 Hurdles that year for the first time in his long career. But he did clock an indoor 400 PB of 47.78 in 2020.
The 32-year-old will line up at the following meets (including)
2-4 Indoor Meets
12-15 Outdoor Meets
- Jan 24 – KMS Invitational, Birmingham Alabama (indoor)
- Jan 31 – KMS Open Leg, Birmingham Alabama (indoor)
March 7 – PUAMU Relays, Grand Praire Texas March 26 – Texas Relays, Austin March 28-30 Florida Relays, Gainesville
- Apr 3-4 UTEP Springtime, El Paso
- Apr 16 Mt. Sac Relays, San Antonio
- May 21-30 Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games (not April)
Eric Cray has won 4 Consecutive 400 Hurdle Titles for the Philippines at SEA Games 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019.
He was the first Filipino ever to win a medal and a Gold at the SEA Games (2015). He also was the 2nd Filipino after Abdul Guiapar.
To win an Asian title in 400 Hurdles some 44 years ago in 1973.
Eric Cray has won the 400 Hurdles at the SEA Games in 2013 and 2015.
He set the SEA Games Record in 49.40 in 2015 and the SEA Record at 48.98 the following year.
While Eric will be unchallenged in the 400 Hurdles, the next fastest man being silver medalist Quach of Vietnam with 51.03, is worlds apart.
The 100m is a different story as Eric has only 20-30 mins between the 400 Hurdles and 100 Final on the second day.
Add to this the threat of the young Malaysian Khairul Jantan, the 2016 Asian Junior Champion, with a PB of 10.18 and 10.24 in 2017.
Cray ended up narrowly defending his SEA Games Title from Quach Cong Lich of Vietnam 50.03 to 50.05 and was pipped 10.37 to 10.43 by Khairul Jantan.
A difficult schedule of 4 runs (100 and 400 Hurdles Heats and FInals) in the space of fewer than 2 days made it difficult for Eric to defend his titles.
Eric also helped the Philippines 4×100 to a Bronze with a new National Record of 39.11.
Cray now has 3 Consecutive SEA Games titles in 400 Hurdles and looking to make that 4 in Manila.
Eric, due to fatigue, opted not to run the 4×400 relay. His 4 SEA Golds place him at #11 on the All-Time List for the most number of Individual Golds at SEA Games.
- Born: 06.11.1988
- Birth Place: Olongapo City, Zambales
- College: Graduated from Oklahoma State University
- Coach: Samantha Cray (nee. Sharper): Previous Davian Clarke and Keith Sharper
- Location: El Paso, Texas
- Philippine Team from 2013 onward
- Pinoyathletics Male Athlete of the Year 4 times 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Indoors Personal Bests
- 50m 5.76 – (NR) Saskatoon, 2017
- 60m – 6.57 – (NR) Albuquerque, 2015 (SEA Record)
- 6.57 Doha, Qatar 2016
- 60m hurdles – 7.86 – (NR) Albuquerque, 2014
- 200m – 21.31 (NR) Albuquerque, 2015
- 400m – 48.28 Albuquerque, 2015
Eric Shauwn Cray Outdoor Personal Best Times
- 100m – 10.25 NR, Singapore 2015
- 10.21 (+2.6) El Paso, 2015
- 200m – 21.25, El Paso, 2017
- 110mh – 14.17 former NR, Pasig 2013
- 400m hurdles – 48.98 SEA Record, National Record,
- 49.40 SEA Games Record, Singapore 2015
Eric Shauwn Cray Achievements to date:
- Southeast Asian Champion – 400m hurdles
- 6th place finish Sea Games -110m Hurdle
- World Champion Competitor – 400m hurdles
- Asian Outdoors Athletic Championship finalists – 400m hurdles
- PNG National Champion -110m hurdles
- Asian Indoors 60m 5th Final
- PNG National Champion -100m & 4x100m
- SEA Games Champion 100M /NR (First Filipino to win Medal event)
- SEA Record & Champion 400 Hurdles
- NR 4x100m Relay
- Asian Indoor Championships 60m/Bronze
- World Indoor Championships 60m/Semi-Finalist
- Olympic Games Qualifier and Semi-Finalist, Rio
- NR 4x100m Relay
- Asian Champion in the 400 Hurdles (2nd Filipino to win the event)
- SEA Games Champion 400 Hurdles (3rd title)
- SEA Games Silver 100m
- SEA Games Champion 400 Hurdles (4th title) (most SEA Games History)
- SEA Games Gold Mixed 4×100 Relay
Eric Shauwn Cray CAREER PROGRESSION:
- 2010 11.06s / 10.63w
- 2013 10.52s
- 2014 10.67s, 10.47w
- 2015 10.21w, 10.33 NR, 10.28 NR, 10.25 NR
- 2009 22.33s
- 2010 22.65
- 2011 23.06
- 2014 21.81i
- 2015 21.31i
- 2017 21.25
- 2009 50.20
- 2010 49.37
- 2012 48.94
- 2016 48.28
- 2018 47.67
- 2007 14.43 (junior height?)
- 2011 14.22
- 2013 14.17 (former NR)
- 2009 52.06s
- 2010 51.94s
- 2012 50.46s
- 2013 50.74s (acquired Phi dual citizenship 2013)
- 2014 50.00 NR
- 2015 49.62 NR, 49.12 NR/SEAR, 49.40 SEA GAMES R
- 2016 49.07 NR & SEAR
2016 48.98 NR & SEAR, Madrid
- 2008 7.02
- 2009 6.96
- 2010 6.90
- 2011 6.87
- 2014 6.75
- 2015 6.57
- 2016 6.57
- 2014 21.81
- 2010 49.88
- 2011 7.91
- 2014 7.86
Eric Cray Indoor PB in 400m February 13, 2020
Eric Cray had a slight improvement to his Indoor 400M PB with a time of 47.80.
Improving on the 47.89 he had run at Albuquerque on Jan 25.
Cray time of 47.80 was second overall in the 400m behind Gabriel Navarro of Spain, drawn in Heat 9 with Eric, and won in 47.36.
Eric has stopped running the 60m after the Asian and World ‘ cancellationIndoors’ cancellation to focus on qualifying for the 400 Hurdles in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which he has until June 26 and must run 48.90.
His Personal best of 48.98 set in Madrid was done in 2016 at the World Challenge meet. Eric finished 18th of 24 in the Semi-Finals of the 2016 London Olympics.
Eric Cray Indoor PB in 400m January 25, 2020
Eric Cray may have gone down last month as the Greatest 400 Hurdler in SEA Games History.
But that did not exempt the hard-working 31-year-old from getting back into his routine.
Cray clocked 47.89 for the 400m Indoor on Friday Indoors, taking an easy win at the Martin Luther King at Albuquerque, New Mexico.
But for Cray, 47.89 was quite a good start to the season.
Being that his 400 PB is officially only 47.67.
This is probably worth about a 47.0 second 400m outdoor, which is better than any of the current active Filipino 400m runners.
‘Cray then took third in the 60m Final in 6.71, a time he also mirrored earlier in the heats.
This is somewhat behind the 6.57 national record he established in 2015 at Albuquerque.
And also at the 2016 Asian Indoors, where he took the bronze.
Eric was also a semi-finalist at the 2016 World Indoors in 60m.
Eric has been running at the Martin Luther King meet at Albuquerque every year for the past 6-7 years. He currently holds 4 indoor records and 2 individual outdoor records for the Philippines.
Eric is lined up for the Asian Indoors in March.
He needs to hit 6.63 to qualify for the world indoor championships again.
Please note there are no 400 Hurdles at World Indoor Championships.
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Eric Shauwn Cray 2019 Articles
Eric Shauwn Cray is the Greatest 400 Hurdles Champion in the History of the SEA Games Claims #4 Title
Despite all the obstacles he has faced the last few years leading into the SEA Games, Eric Cray.
Got into the blocks once more to show again he is the fastest man in South East Asia in the 400 Hurdles.
“I’m so happy. It’s been down the last two years.
Like if you follow me, I’ve been clocking a lot of bad times.
I haven’t been running as well, I’ve been down myself,” said Cray after the race.
At 31 years of age and not getting any younger, he held off the challenges of his younger rivals, 26-year-old Vietnamese Quach Cong Lich 51.60, retained his silver.
Another Filipino athlete 23-year-old Francis Medina took bronze in 51.68.
Quach, who strongly challenged Cray’s last SEA Games right to the line, faded the last 100m of the race badly, and Cray was home and clear with 80m to go from the rest of the field.
Edwin Haloman Jr. of Indonesia, who crossed the line 2nd in 50.81, was reportedly disqualified.
Eric Shauwn Cray Racing into the SEA History Books
This was the 6th SEA Games Gold Medal for Eric Cray.
And it was #10 Gold for Philippine Athletics this SEA Games.
Eric Cray has now won four straight SEA Games titles in a row 2013 (51.29), 2015 (49.40), 2017 (50.03), 2019 (51.21).
And while he may not have broken his 49.40 SEA Games record.
Eric has set yet another record; he is the only man to win the 400 Hurdles four times, and it’s four times in a row.
Two Thais Tongchai Tipyamatee won it three times from 1971-1975, Chanond Keanchan won it 3 times 1991-1995.
Olympics 2020 Goal
Eric was an Olympic Semi-Finalist in Rio in 2016.
He needs to run 48.90 to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo before June 30. The SEA Record he set in 2016 in Madrid, Spain, at The World Athletic Challenge is 48.98.
Hopefully, there is another juice in those old legs to carry him to another Olympics.
The 1.7 million pesos worth of incentives coming his way should come as a relief to Eric, a 4 kids father.
Along with all other gold medalists, who had their monthly stipend slashed.
Despite the disappointing set back in a false start, he may have cost him the chance to regain his 2015 SEA Games 100m crowns.
Eric put that aside to help his team win the mixed relay 4×100 Gold and added the 400 Hurdle crown once more.
It was good seeing my old friend race his way into SEA Games History books last night.
I really admire how he still has it at 31.
- Corrections to Spin.ph Article with additions. Corrections are made in red font.
Best Hopes for Gold at SEA Games: Eric Cray seeks rare four-peat
ERIC Cray guns for his fourth straight gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles in front of the endearing home crowd in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Eric Cray goes for fourth Gold.
The Filipino-American sprinter has been unbeatable in his pet event since an impressive SEA Games debut that saw him win in 51.29 seconds in Naypyidaw (Myanmar) back in 2013.
Cray set the SEA Games Record of 49.40 seconds in Singapore in 2015 before completing his hat-trick in Kuala Lumpur two years later, where he won in 50.03 seconds.
Besides the regional tournament, the 5-foot-9 runner also won gold in the 2017 Asian Athletics Championship in Bhubaneswar in India.
His Personal best time is actually 48.98, set at the World Challenge in Madrid 48.98 World Challenge.
He ran 49.37 secs in the heats of the 2016 Summer Olympics, ranking 18th of 24 runners in the semi-finals. Now he guns for a SEA Games four-peat at age 31.
In 2019 it marked the first year Eric Cray has not broken 50 seconds since 2014.
He has run a season’s best of 50.34 this year so far. His key rival will be Quach Cong Lich of Vietnam, who has run once this year at 50.71.
Lich was the silver medalist twice behind Cray, including a hairline second in 2017 with a 50.05 to Crays 50.03 win.
Quach did not make the 400m this time for Vietnam despite finishing silver and bronze at the last 2 SEA Games, giving way to younger new runners.
He will turn his full attention now on the 400 Hurdles, unlike previous SEA Games.
Also, the 100m
Cray will also join the 100-meter dash, making him one of the busiest tracksters when the athletics competitions occur from December 1 to 9 at New Clark City.
He also participates in the 4×100 Men’s and 4×100 Mixed relay events.
Cray won gold in the century dash in the 2015 SEA Games in 10.25 seconds.
But he lost to Malaysian Khairul Hafiz Jantan two years later.
Now he’s out for a hurdles four-peat while bidding to reclaim the crown as the Games’ fastest man.
Cray Bounces back at the Hong Kong Open
Eric Cray clocked a 50.34 Seasons Best today at the Hong Kong Summer Invitational.
This is noteworthy as Cray had a rather disappointing start to 2019.
The 50.34 improves on the 51.13 7th place Cray got at the Asian Champs.
After he failed to defend the Asian title, he won in 2017. The 30-year-old Cray is a 3x SEA Games Champion.
Ernest Obiena has already qualified for the World Championships in the Pole Vault, meeting the 5.71m criteria exactly at the Asian Champs.
Eric must clock 49.30 by September 6, 2019, to qualify for World Champs. Today marked a step in the right direction, but there is still a long way time-wise to go.
Failing that, Eric winning a 4th SEA Games title in 400 Hurdles in December 2019 when the Philippines hosts SEA Games.
I would give him 5 Individual Gold Medals.
This would bump him up to #6 on the all-time list of several SEA Games golds won by Philippine athletes in athletics.
Cray confident for SEA Games 100m despite a slow start
Returning to the National Stadium for the first time since winning the 100m SEA Games title in 2015 at the same venue, Eric Cray had been hoping to “recreate some magic” yesterday.
Although he failed to do so after finishing eighth in the 100m final of the Singapore Open Track and Field Championships, the US-born Filipino was upbeat.
Chuckling as he acknowledged he was not happy with his time of 10.76 seconds.
The 30-year-old told The Straits Times: “I was hoping to get close to my personal record (of 10.25sec).
It’s still early, I’m nowhere in shape yet and it’s a long season, so I’ve got a lot of time.”
Cray improves 200m Time
March 16, 2019
Eric Cray timed a ‘SEASONS BEST’ of 21.68 +1.4 at the Spring Time meet in UTEP.
Finishing 5th overall.
Cray improved on the lackluster 21.92 season opener he had set to win the Philippine National Open 2 weeks ago.
The time puts Cray at #7 in SEA Rankings for 2019.
Cray is yet to run 400 Hurdles this year as he prepares for the 2019 Asian Championships on April 23-28 in Doha, Qatar.
Cray is the defending Asian Champion from the 2017 edition in India.
Eric Cray 60m winning streak comes to an end for 2019
February 9, 2019
Eric Cray, 2-0 Winning Streak in the 60m, came to an end. At the Don Kirby Elite, his third time to run at Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2019.
Cray wound up 5th in the 60m Final with 6.69.
Outside his seasons best of 6.67 and Personal Best of 6.57.
Cray was second in heat 1 in 6.70 behind Emmanuel Wells of Washington State.
Wells went onto win the finals in 6.53, a massive improvement on his 6.65 PB from just last week.
The win comes after Eric’s 6.69 openers, where he won at Martin Luther King meet 2 weeks ago also at Albuquerque.
Cray clocked 6.74 and 6.70, winning his heat and Semi-Final.
Then he proved he was the top man with a 6.67 win in the final.
Eric Cray’s national and SEA record is 6.57, which he ran in 2015 at Albuquerque at the New Mexico Classic and again at the 2016 Asian Indoor Champs, where he took bronze.
Also, at that meet was Eric’s buddy Donovant ‘Arriola’ Grant.
Who sometimes gets misidentified as Eric Cray.
Eric Cray opened his 2019 Season with a win at the Martin Luther King Invitational on January 19th. Cray won the 60 Meter A-Race with a time of 6.69 seconds.
He had registered at the same time in the heats. Cray holds the SEA and Philippine Record over 60m with a 6.56 run.
He took the bronze at the 2017 Asian Indoor Championships in the 60m and silver in the Asian Indoor Games.
Cray, the 2015 SEA Games Champion in the 100m and holds the Philippine Record, will be up against Lalu Zohri of Indonesia, who ran 10.18 to win the World Juniors.
He is a 3 time SEA Games Champion in the 400 Hurdles 2013, 2015, 2017, and SEA Games and SEA Record Holder in that event.
And is the 2017 Asian Champion and was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
He ranks in the Top 10 track and field athletes for the Philippines in SEA athletes.
Eric Cray Prepares for Asian Championships
Cray is now working full time to support his wife and children. Simultaneously,e preparing for the Asian Championships in Doha, which will start on April 21.
Who undoubtedly will also feature at Doha.
It is unknown whether Cray will join the 2019 Philippine National Track and Field Open Championships.
Ayala, who has sponsored the last two editions, withdrew its funding from PATAFA.
Near the end of last year, after the Asian Games.
The National Open was titled the Ayala Philippines Athletics Championships in 2017 and 2018. But the Championships will remain in Ilagan staged for March 8.
#1 Eric Cray
Eric Cray wins the Asian title in 400 Hurdles in the pouring rain.
Photo Credit: Asian Athletics Association. 2018 Asian Games Rankings of Philippine Athletes
- EVENT: 400 Hurdles
- 2018 Asian Ranking: 6th (5th June)
- Olympic Semi-Finalist, Asian Champion 2017, SEA Record Holder, SEA Games Record Holder, Asian Indoor 60m Bronze and Silver, and 3x SEA Games Champion 400 Hurdles 2013-2017, 1x SEA Games Champion 100m 2015.
As of August 2, Eric Cray is the highest-ranked in Asia in the delegation, moving ahead of Ernest Obiena.
It seems like Asian Champion Eric Cray will have it tough in his event unless Abderrahman Samba of Qatar does not show or gets injured.
Especially relevant is that Samba leads the Asian Rankings with 46.98. And has run the top 7 times in Asia under 48 seconds.
While after Samba, there is also Takatoshi Abe, who has beaten Cray during the Olympic games.
And more recently in a Japan Grand Prix race. Also, Abe has run 48.68 and 48.97.
Most noteworthy is that both Samba and Abe have run faster than Crays 48.98 PB from 2016.
Also ranked highly is Takayuki Kishimoto of Japan 49.33 & 49.36 (but he has not improved for a long time with his PB coming from 2012 of 48.41.
Followed by a more likely athlete Ayyasamy Dharun of India, the 20-year-old having ran a PB this year of 49.45.
While Cray has run 49.68 this year.
PA Predict if everyone shows. Samba (Gold) Abe (Silver). And between Cray and Dharun (Bronze). Consequently, Cray should easily improve on his 6th place finish at the 2014 Asian Games.
|2018 Asian Games Rankings of Philippine Athletes Mens 400 Hurdles|
Cray bows out of heats at World Indoors
At World Indoors in Birmingham 2016, Asian Bronze Medalist in 60m Eric Cray clocked 6.81 and couldn’t pass the heats on this occasion finishing 4th in Heat 5.
Ronnie Baker (USA) #4 All-time in this event, won the heat in 6.57. Cray finished 28th of 52 competitors, with the Top 24 advancing to the Semi-Finals later today.
Cray was the only southeast Asian athlete participating at the world indoors.
Jan 22, 2018
Meanwhile, Asian Champion 400 Hurdles Champion Eric Cray. Got in his first run of the year. Cray, who is 30 later this year, ran the 600 in 1:29 and 200 in 22.07. Perhaps a good practice refresher to start his season. Cray is coached by former Jamaican Olympic 400m runner Davian Clarke, the head coach of UTEP.
Also, at the meet Fil-Heritage Pole Vaulter, Marc Nicolas leaped 4.68m to start his season. While over in Ottawa, Fil-Canadian Jonelle Halog clocked an early season 7.05.
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Eric Cray 2017 Articles – Cray takes Silver 60m at the 2017 Asian Martial Arts and Indoor Games.
Sep 20, 2017
Eric Cray took the silver medal at the Asian Martial Arts and Indoor Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
The 29-year-old upgraded his bronze last year, clocking 6.63 seconds to finish second.
While behind dominant Asian sprinter Hassan Taftian of Iran, who timed 6.55.
Also, Taftian is the Asian Indoor Champion in the 60m from last year in Doha, Qatar.
Taftian also the surprise winner of the Asian Championships in India earlier when he won the 100m Dash.
Rheza Ghasemi, who had beaten Cray for silver in 2016, was pipped out and settled for Bronze in 6.64.
While Barakat Harthi of Oman the 2016 Asian Beach Games Champion.
Hence had looked strong with the Semi-Finals clocking a 6.66 PB and had the fastest time. Harthi ended up 4th in 6.67.
The race was not without drama, with Saudi Arabia Abdullah Akbar Mohammed who had run the fastest time in the heats and a 6.67 PB in Semis.
Ending up disqualified after a false start in the finals.
Eric Cray was slightly off his best time and Philippine Indoor Record of 6.57, which he had run twice.
Eric Cray 2017 Articles – Cray vows to avenge setback.
Aug 24, 2017
Article by Manolo Pedralvez
KUALA LUMPUR – Eric Shawn Cray was smiling meekly just moments after the men’s 100-meter race late Tuesday night.
Trying to mask the physical and emotional pain of losing the title of being Southeast Asia’s fastest man to hometown favorite Khairul Hafiz Jantan.
“Oh yeah, I was definitely tired,” said Cray, who entered the century dash handicapped by having raced the men’s 400-meter hurdles finals barely over an hour before.
Narrowly retaining his title by holding off Vietnamese upstart Quach Cong Lich.
Still, the Rio Olympic Games veteran wouldn’t back down in his duel with Jantan.
Who had 20,000 cheering Malaysians supporting him at the massive 87,000-capacity National Stadium inside the KL Sports City?
They were neck-and-neck until the last two meters before the Malaysian surged a step ahead, stumbling after crossing the tape to rule the blue-ribbon event in 10.38 seconds.
Much to the delight of the Malaysian gallery.
“I gave it all I had but he (Jantan) ran a good race,” said the Filipino-American sprinter graciously in defeat after taking the silver in 10.43 seconds, relegating Thai Kritsada Namsuwun to the bronze in a photo-finish.
But Cray admitted that had the 400-meter hurdles and 100-meter run been held on a different day.
He would have definitely given Jantan a run for his money.
“I wish it (the 100 meters) was tomorrow and I could have recovered, and, you know, feel a little better,” added the sprinter, who bared that lactic acid from his three previous races, including the heats, had caused pain throughout his body.
“I’m taped everywhere from my lower back all the way down,” he said.
However, Cray refused to dwell on his failure to defend his sprint crown.
And was determined to redeem himself in the men’s 4×100-meter relays on Friday.
“I got something for them (Filipino fans). I’ll recover, come back and we’re gonna chase that gold in the 4×100,” Cray vowed.
With the Philippines hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games for two years now.
He also warned Jantan that their sprint rivalry was far from over.
“I’ll definitely back for the 100 in Manila,” Cray said.
Eric Cray, 25-year-old Fil-Heritage SEA Games 400m Hurdles Champion lived up to his promises and predictions of his coach Keith Sharper of a low to sub 50 run.
A disappointing day yesterday with highly feted Long Jumper Marestella Torres disqualified for three no jumps and unable to deliver a medal.
Eric Cray 2017 Articles – Eric Cray Takes Third SEA Games Title in 400 Hurdles
Aug 23, 2017
Article by Andrew Pirie
Newly Crowned Asian Champion Eric Shauwn Cray of the Philippines, in his third race of Day 1, won his 4th ever SEA Games Gold Medal.
Cray made it his third straight SEA Games title in the 400 Hurdles.
He added the second gold for Athletics after Mary Joy Tabal wins in the Marathon.
Cray and Quach both diving for SEA Games glory
Moving out fast in lane 6, Cray led the group into the last bend.
Cray surged at 150, but the group followed closely behind.
Medina started to pass the 2013 SEA Games silver medallist Andrian of Indonesia down the home straight.
But he fell over the last Hurdle, possibly landing on his previously injured leg, putting himself out of the race, and was taken away in tears in a wheelchair.
Meanwhile, Quach was making a big move and rapidly closing in on Eric Cray.
Whether it was due to trying to conserve the energy of the 100 Final later that evening, Quach closed a big margin on Cray.
Cray had to dive to hold off Quach marginally, but the camera had to decide the blanket Finish.
When the dust settled, Eric Cray had defended his SEA Games title by the narrowest of margins, 50.03 to 50.05.
The look of shock and disbelief on the Big Viet Quach face was obvious.
As he could just not believe that Eric Cray had burgled the blanket finish from him and had to settle for the silver another year in a row. Andrian of Indonesia took Bronze in 51.52.
*Appreciate SEA Games Commentator quoting stuff from our website, enjoying his commentary.
We would appreciate it more if he can mention Pinoyathletics, info; if at least once is ok on SEA Games Live stream, I would love it.
2017 SEA Games Athletics – Day 1 – Cray safely through 100 Heats and 400 Hurdle Heats
Aug 22, 2017
Article by Manolo Pedralvez
KUALA LUMPUR – Conserving energy for the critical finals later in the day, Fil-Am Eric Shawn Cray worked just hard enough to hurdle the men’s 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles heats, respectively, at the start of the 29th Malaysian Southeast Asian Games track fest here on Tuesday.
Sporting braided hair, Cray ruled his heat in the century dash in 10.58 seconds, content to place fifth overall behind Malaysian rival Khairul Hafiz bin Jantan, who topped the qualifiers 10.34 seconds at the 87,000-capacity National Stadium within the KL Sports City.
The Rio Olympic Games veteran also took his own sweet time in the heats of the 400-meter hurdles in clocking 52.60 seconds, yielding heat honors to Vietnam’s Phan Khac Hoang, who slipped past the defending Filipino champion in the last five meters in 52.54 seconds.
Shooting for a golden double, Cray will first see action in the men’s 400-meter hurdles finals at 8:20 p.m.
Before trying his retain his reputation as the Southeast Asian Games fastest man at 9:40 p.m. tonight.
Also booking a spot in the women’s 100-meter finals at 9:30 p.m. was Fil-Am Zion Rose Nelson, who clocked 11.88 seconds in the heats.
Track action returns on Wednesday with Kayla Richardson, who gave up her SEA Games women’s sprint title, kicking off her quest for the women’s 200-meter gold, starting with the heats 3:20 p.m. together fellow Nelson.
Archand Bagsit and Trenten Beram also make their respective bids in the men’s 200-meter run at 3:40 p.m.
While evergreen, Arniel Ferrera returns to active duty for the men’s hammer throw at 3 p.m.
A two-time SEA Games hammer throw champion, Ferrera, an Air Force enlisted man, was called back to action after defending SEA Games hammer throw champion Caleb Stuart was forced to withdraw due to injury.
Another gold-medal hopeful, Mark Harry Diones, will compete in the men’s triple jump at 8:10 p.m.
While Singapore SEAG silver medalist Mervin Guarte and Marco Vilog hope to strike pay-dirt in the men’s 800-meter finals at 8:50 am.
Eric Cray disqualified for a false start at World Athletics Championships 2017 (Aug 7, 2017)
Eric Cray of the Philippines is disqualified from the IAAF 2017 World Championships.
It is unusual for an athlete to be disqualified from a longer event like the 400 Hurdles.
The newly crowned Asian Champion reacted a bit too eagerly. By .22 seconds early, and was hence disqualified for a false start. IAAF Rule 162.8.
Cray has a personal best time, which also happens to be the South East Asian.
And Filipino record of 48.98 from Madrid last year.
Another athlete American Michael Stigler who finished second, was disqualified for failing to clear a hurdle with his trail leg.‘
Norway’s European U23 champion Karsten Warholm is an improving athlete and is considered a medal prospect.
He implored the crowd to get behind him when he was announced to the stadium before heat four and, after slowly settling into his blocks, ran a swift 250m, chasing down Juander Santos, who was outside him.
Santos, the 22-year-old brother of Luguelin, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist over 400m, finished the stronger of the two, however, to record 49.19, while Warholm looked around nervously as he tired.
Little did he know, but the USA’s Michael Stigler, who finished second, would be disqualified for failing to clear a hurdle with his trail leg, so Warhol took the second qualifying place in 49.50, just ahead of Guillermo Ruggeri, who set an Argentinian national record 49.69 in third. From the IAAF Report.
Cray now focuses on the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, which will kick off on August 22.
He has the 100m Heats and 400 Hurdles on Day 1, then the 400 Hurdles, and 20-30 mins later, the 100 Finals on Day 2.
SEA Games sked poses a hurdle for Eric Cray’s double-gold dream
Dominic Menor, ABS-CBN News
Eric Cray’s chances of retaining his twin gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games became doubtful, as the two events he’s favored to win are scheduled on the same day.
There is less than an hour between the 100 Heats 3.40-4.00 and the 400 Hurdles Heats 4.30-4.40 on Day 1 and Day 2 9.00 400 Hurdles Finals and 9.40 100 Final.
The Philippines’ top sprinter won the 100 meters and the 400-meter hurdles in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.
He bolstered his title defense in the Games’ 400-meter Hurdles, following his gold-winning performance in the recently concluded Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, India. Cray also broke the long-standing meet record with a 49.40 run at the 2015 SEA Games.
Although the goal is to top both events in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, CCrayonWednesday said competing in the two races with little recovery time will be “tough.”
There is less than an hour between the 100 Heats 3.40-4.00 and the 400 Hurdles Heats 4.30-4.40 on Day 1 and Day 2 9.00 400 Hurdles Finals and 9.40 100 Final.
It’s common practice for member countries to exploit the advantages of hosting the SEA Games.
National organizing committees are allowed to choose which sports to play, depending on the host nation’s resource availability.
Cray said he doubts Malaysian sports officials will entertain the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association request because they have a gold-medal prospect in teen sprinter Khairul Hafiz Jantan, Malaysia’s fastest man.
Jantan is the Asian Junior Champion 2016; he is 19 years old.
He won the 2016 Philippine National Open and 2017 Thai Open.
His best time is the Malaysian Record of 10.18.
At the Asian, Champs Jantan ran 10.24 in the semi-finals and was disqualified due to a controversial decision named a false start.
Jantan is leading the SEA Rankings with 10.24, followed by Nyepa, his teammate, 10.28.
Cray is ranked third this year in 10.31.
Cray won the 2015 SEA Games in a Philippine Record of 10.25, which his personal best time.
“So why would you want the defending champion to be at a 100%?” Cray told ABS-CBN News in a phone interview.
“I can’t blame them. I don’t think they’ll change it because their 100-meter guy is pretty good. Why would you want him to go up against some good competition?”
The SEA Games begin on August 19.
Eric Cray safely through to 400 Hurdles Final
Asian Championships, India
Jul 8, 2017
After Diones Silver in Triple Jum,p, Other Filipinos were in action on Day 2.
The Other very sure Top 3 finisher for the Philippines and possible Gold may come from Eric Shauwn Cray.
The Olympian qualified to the final,s winning the second heat of the 400 Hurdles very comfortably in 50.85 (PB 48.98).
Cray had the second-fastest time as 2015 Asian Championships Silver Medalist Chen Chieh of China won Heat 1 in 50.64.
The other Filipino in the even,t Francis Medin, a clocked 53.34 (PB 51.30,) finished 15th of 20 but did not advance to the final.
Cray is the SEA Record Holder, SEA Games Record Holder, and 2x SEA Games Champion in the 400 Hurdles.
Cray didn’t join the Asian Champs in 2015 as it was too close to the SEA Games.
In 2013 Cray made the Asian Final but did not finish the race. Cray did not participate in the 100m at the Asian Championships.
Anfernee Lopen, after qualifying 24th of 24 to the Semi-Finals with a 10.86 run, ran 10.95 to place 7th in Semi-Final 3.
Lopena best time is 10.47. 19-year-old Khairul Jantan of Malaysia won Semi-Final 3 in 10.24 and had the fastest time in the Semi-Finals to the Final despite the pouring rain on Day 2.
Cray dishes out times in Japan.
May 11, 2017
Article by Andrew Pirie
Cray, 28, the SEA Games Champion in both the 100m and 400 Hurdles. Firstly cray ran the 100 at Mito Invitational on May 5 and clocked 10.35 (-0.6) wind, his second-fastest time of the year.
His best is 10.31 in January for 2017. Crays Philippine record and SEA Games winning time was 10.25. He still has another 3 months to go to SEA Games in August in Malaysia.
Perhaps the nearest competitors to Cray are two athletes who have run 10.39 this year.
Cray then went to Osaka to break the meet record at the Michitaka Kinami Memorial meet on May 7.
Cray timed 49.58. Cray timed 49.40 to set a new record at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.
His best time is 48.98, set at Madrid’s world challenge series last year.
Craywills also contest the 400 Hurdles at the world championships in London 4-13 August.
Shortly before the Malaysia SEA Games August 19-30, in Kuala Lumpur
This year he leads fellow Filipino Francis Medina, 21 51.30, who shattered his previous best time to win the Singapore open and join Cray in qualification for SEA Games.
Quach Cong Lich (Vietnam), the SEA Silver medalist, has not yet run 400 Hurdles, but he timed 46.66 at the Asian Grand Prix.
The SEA Games bronze standard was 51.36 from the 2015 Singapore SEA Games.
Eric Cray and his buddies set a new national record in 4×100 (Apr 7, 2017)
Eric Cray and his buddies.
The National Team quartet of Jomar Udtohan, Anfernee Lopena, Trenten Beram, and Eric Shauwn Cray set a new national record at the Philippine National Open 2017.
Establishing a new mark of 40.29.
The quartet broke the mark set last year of L-Time Studio Asics Airforce Edgardo Alejan, Isidro Del Prado Jr., Brandon Thomas, and Eric Cray of 40.54.
The SEA Games bronze is 39.32, silver 39.24, and gold 38.99.
The Philippines has not fielded a men’s 4×100 since 2007.
An attempt to put a team together in 2015 was denied due to a lack of slots.
The order was Lopena, Beram, Udtohan then Cray.
We just ran for fun said Lopena the NCAA Record Holder. Me and Beram had 20 mins of practice. Jomar and Cray havent even practiced yet.
Photo Credit: via Arianne Mallare, Ilagan, Isabela.
Eric Cray 2017 Articles- Eric Cray 10.31 & 21.25 leading Philippine Times
March 28, 2017
SEA Games 100m Champion Eric Cray, 28. Debuted over the 100m in 2017 with a SEA leading time of 10.31 at the UTEP Springtime Meet at El Paso.
While the wind reading was +2.0, which was the maximum allowable limit.
Cray is the SEA Games 2015 Champion and at the same time the Philippine Record Holder with a time of 10.25.
While he will see action at the Philippine National Open in Isabella. Perhaps,
Cray’s best rival for the 2017 SEA Games would be perhaps Asian Junior Champion Khairul Hafiz Jantan of Malaysia.
Jantan, 18 best time is 10.18, and he has run 10.46 so far this year. The SEA Games record belongs to Surya Agung Wibowo (Indonesia) 10.17.
Jantan will run the 100 tonight in South Africa Grand Prix series.
And he also clocked a new personal best and 2017 Philippine leading time of 21.25 (0.1) in the 200m dash.
Eric Cray 6.60 in 60m in Poland
Feb 20, 2017
While he wasn’t able to break his National Indoor Record like previous years.
Cray ended his 2017 60m campaign with two strong runs, 6.60 in Linz Austria, on 12 February 2017.
Cray then followed up with a 6.60 third place in Lodz, Poland Orlen Cup.YYuniel Perez of Cuba won the race3, Crays training partner Ryan Shields of Jamaica was second in 6.56, and Cray took third in 6.60.
The time improved on Crays 6.62 run at Albuquerque from last month.
Cray South East Asian record of 6.57 was running in Albuquerque in 2015 and equaled at the Asian Indoors in Doha in 2016.
The results were reported by Davian Clarke, Cray’s coach, who has been keeping me frequently updated via Facebook and Twitter.
Ostrava (Czech Republic), 14.2.2017 (indoor)
Eric Cray 50m #2 All-time Fastest in Asia
Feb 2, 2017
Coach of Fil-Heritage sprinters Eric Cray and Brandon Thomas, and several other Olympic legends.
Davian Clarke is a 3 Time Olympic Finalist for Jamaica in 400m with a PB of 44.83.
The 60m Cray is the Asian Indoor bronze medalist in the 60m and holds the National record at 6.57.
Hi, here is some additional info about Eric’s January you did not get.
He opened up with a 6.62 in the 60m, his 3rd fastest time ever and #1 time in Asia currently.
He ran the 200m at the same meet 21.59 #1 time in Asia currently.
He then went to Canada to race over two days, the 50m and 60m.
He played at the Knight Columbus Games 2017.
He ran 5.76 and 5.78. He was second in the 50m after running 5.76, which is the number two fastest all-time in Asia.
He actually is 4th and 6th as 5.78 is the 6th fastest ever.
According to Wikipedia.
There is also a wind-aided 5.69 by Gennaidy Chernovol of Kazakhstan in 2002.
The next day he ran the 60m, and he was fatigued; he was second in the finals in 6.72.
So that is what happened in January, three meets.
If you have a youtube account, you can follow me at @Dclarke4398, where I have some race
videos if you are interested in viewing them
Saskatoon Field House - Site License 01/28/2017 - 4:58 PM 2017 Knight of Columbus Games - 01/26/2017 to 01/28/2017 Saskatoon Fieldhouse Event 210 Men 50 Meter Invitational ======================================================================= Name Year Team Finals Points ======================================================================= Finals 1 8 Gray, Cordero United States 5.78 2 14 Cray, Eric Philippines J5.78 3 20 Mitchell, Maurice United States J5.78 4 3 Huntley, Albert United States 5.82 5 5 Boateng, Bismark Canada 5.86 6 9 Cherry, D'Angelo United States 5.87 7 11 Jenkins, Devin United States 5.89 7 2 Harris, Adam Guyana 5.89
Saskatoon Field House - Site License 01/28/2017 - 4:58 PM 2017 Knight of Columbus Games - 01/26/2017 to 01/28/2017 Saskatoon Fieldhouse Event 413 Men 60 Meter Invitational Top 8 Advance by Time =================================================================== Name Year Team Prelims H# =================================================================== Preliminaries 1 8 Gray, Cordero United States 6.70q 2 2 20 Mitchell, Maurice United States 6.74q 1 3 14 Cray, Eric Philippines 6.76q 1 3 19 Woodson, Markesh United States 6.76q 1 5 9 Cherry, D'Angelo United States 6.78q 2 6 11 Jenkins, Devin United States 6.82q 1 6 24 Effah, Sam Canada 6.82q 1 6 5 Boateng, Bismark Canada 6.82q 2 9 4 Riley, Andrew Jamaica 6.83 2 10 21 Makinde, Oluwasegu Canada 6.85 2 11 3 Huntley, Albert United States 6.86 2 12 1 Smellie, Gavin Canada 6.88 2 12 2 Harris, Adam Guyana 6.88 1 14 18 Williams, Lenny Canada 6.99 2 15 23 Doodoo, Roland Canada 7.11 1
Saskatoon Field House - Site License 01/28/2017 - 4:58 PM 2017 Knight of Columbus Games - 01/26/2017 to 01/28/2017 Saskatoon Fieldhouse Event 421 Men 60 Meter Invitational ======================================================================= Name Year Team Finals Points ======================================================================= Finals 1 19 Woodson, Markesh United States 6.71 2 14 Cray, Eric Philippines 6.72 3 20 Mitchell, Maurice United States 6.73 4 5 Boateng, Bismark Canada J6.73 5 8 Gray, Cordero United States 6.75 6 9 Cherry, D'Angelo United States 6.76 7 11 Jenkins, Devin United States 6.82 8 24 Effah, Sam Canada 6.90
Eric Cray Articles 2016 – Eric Cray Lausanne Diamond League (video) (Aug 26, 2016)
Eric Cray’s season didn’t end after making the Semi-Finals at the Rio Olympics.
Cray, who holds the South East Asian Record at 48.98, had his best run in Rio in the Heats finishing third in 49.05, before settling for 7th place in his semi and 17th overall in the semis.
Powell won 9.96 to 10.01. Former Olympic Champion LaShawn Merritt took the 400m in 44.50.
Athletics-Meeting Lausanne men/women results
Published: 20:14 GMT, 25 August 2016 | Updated: 20:14 GMT, 25 August 2016
(Gracenote) – Results from the Meeting Lausanne Men’s 400m Hurdles 1. Rasmus Maegi (Estonia) 48.59 2. Nicholas Bett (Kenya) 48.68 3. Sergio Fernandez (Spain) 49.22 4. Oskari Moeroe (Finland) 49.81 5. Eric Cray (Philippines) 49.88 6. Alain-Herve Mfomkpa (Switzerland) 51.58 7. Boniface Mucheru (Kenya) 1:08.05
Rio Olympic Wrapup: Eric Olympics 17th place
Aug 20, 2016
He may not have made the top 8 and finals.
But Eric Cray made the whole Philippines proud.
From being culture shocked to becoming as much part of the Philippine culture as Jollibee.
Eric Cray has come along way in the three years he came to run for us.
Many doubted Eric as a one-hit-wonder who would be gone in a year or so when he realized the political difficulties in competing for the Philippines.
Yet, she overcame these odds and continued to improve her performances donning the Philippine flag.
Eric Cray has brought the national record from 51.26 (1983 Renato Unso) right down to 48.98 leading up to the Olympics.
In Rio, he drew the difficult lane 8 and clocked 49.05 in the heats to place third behind Keisuke Nozawa (Japan) 48.62, who had beaten Eric at a world challenge meet in Tokyo earlier this year and Thomas Barr (Ireland) 48.93.
This performance was good enough to place Eric 14th of 24, who progressed through to the Semi-Finals.
HEAT 4 15 AUG 2016 11:56 PLEASE CLICK ON A ROW BELOW TO VIEW MORE INFORMATION
|1||2652||Keisuke NOZAWA||JPN||48.62 Q||PB||0.138|
|2||2581||Thomas BARR||IRL||48.93 Q||SB||0.169|
|3||2826||Eric CRAY||PHI||49.05 Q||0.142|
|4||2621||Jaheel HYDE||JAM||49.24 q||0.186|
|5||2357||Sergio FERNÁNDEZ||ESP||49.31 q||0.139|
|7||2898||Le Roux HAMMAN||RSA||49.72||0.186|
Eric drew very tough semi-finals in lane 7 and finished 7th in Heat 1 and 17th overall.
Eric was in a stacked, world-class semi.
2009 World Champion Kerron Clement (USA), who was in lane 8, won the semi-final in 48.26.
“It doesn’t stop because i had a bad race” said Cray in a video where he thanked all his fans and the people who had supported him on his journey.
Clement was a silver medalist in Beijing in 2008 but missed out in London in 2012. Took the gold in a season’s best 47.73 for the United States.
Crays time ranks him 26th in the World for 2016.
HEAT 1 16 AUG 2016 21:35 PLEASE CLICK ON A ROW BELOW TO VIEW MORE INFORMATION
|1||3059||Kerron CLEMENT||USA||48.26 Q||SB||0.141|
|2||2699||Boniface Mucheru TUMUTI||KEN||48.85 Q||SB||0.181|
World Challenge in Sweden Eric Cray 400 Hurdles win (Jun 30, 2016)
Also finishing third in Kawasaki, Japan, and second in Madrid, Spain.
Cray clocked a time of 49.67.
World Challenge Series
Men’s 400mH – 28.06.2016
Pl. Athlete / Team Ctry. Birth Result
1. Eric Shauwn CRAY PHI 88 49.67
2. Juander SANTOS DOM 95 49.90
3. Cornel FREDERICKS RSA 90 49.94
4. Alexander LUNDSKOG SWE 96 51.83 PB
5. Benjamin MULLEN SWE 87 52.48
6. Viktor NYLANDER SWE 98 53.11 PB
7. Andreas ALMLÖF SWE 95 54.17 SB
8. Nicklas HOLM SWE 97 54.97
Eric breaks 49 Second Barrier (video) (Jun 24, 2016)
Fil-Heritage sprinter Eric Cray broke the 49-second barrier for the 400m Hurdles.
Again lowering his National and southeast Asian Record to 48.98 at the World Challenge Meet in Madrid on June 23.
Out slow but able to stick with the chasing group the last Hundred meters.
Cray closed, nudging a blanket finish, just behind Jeshua Anderson of the United States.
Anderson is the 2011 World University Games and 2008 World Junior Champion, holding a personal best of 47.93.
The powerfully built Anderson led all the way before Cray in the lane next door, and a few others started closing in after the last hurdle.
Anderson just hangs on, pulling Cray through to a new mark en-route to the Olympics.
Cray’s previous 49.07 was set in the World Challenge series in Japan.
Cray, who is already comfortably qualified for Rio, improved again in his second 400 Hurdle race of the year.
Cray is the SEA Games champion and Record Holder in the 400 Hurdles.
Results (via IAAF)
Eric Cray Semi-Finalist with Asafa Powell at World Indoor Champs (Video) (May 20, 2016)
Eric Cray was the only athlete to qualify for the Philippines (400 Hurdles) in Track and Field so far (Deadline July 11) coasted through the 60m heats.
In this event, the Asian Indoor bronze medalist placed second in heat 3, behind World Bronze medalist in the 100m Dash Trayvon Bromell of the United States.
The SEA Games 100 and 400 Hurdles Champion clocked a time of 6.64.
HEAT 3 18 MAR 2016 14:32
|1||373||Trayvon BROMELL||USA||6.57 Q||0.142|
|2||305||Eric CRAY||PHI||6.64 Q||0.121|
|3||287||Hensley PAULINA||NED||6.73 Q||0.109|
Cray got to take on an even bigger name in the 60m Dash. Well, at least for the first 10 meters.
In the semifinals, he lined up with former world record holder Eric Cray of Jamaica, who clocked 6.44; Cray finished seventh in the semi in 6.67.
Powell clocked a world-leading 6.44.
Crays time was outside his National and SEA Record of 6.56; he clocked last year in the United States and tied at the Semis of Asian Indoors, where he won the bronze medal this year.
HEAT 3 18 MAR 2016 18:09 PLEASE CLICK ON A ROW BELOW TO VIEW –
Eric Cray clocks New South East Asian Record in 400 Hurdle’s (May 8, 2016)
En route to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
At the Kawasaki Golden Grand Prix, Athletics World Challenge meets in Tokyo, Japan.
Cray finished second behind Keisuke Nozawa, who ran a lifetime personal best of 48.67 for the win.
Cray’s first individual runs this year outdoors and over 400 Hurdles.
He had previously finished with a bronze medal at the Asian Indoor Championships in the 60m and ran in the semifinals at the world indoors.
So far, Eric Cray is the only Filipino Track and Field athlete who has surpassed the Rio Olympics qualifying standards.
The deadline is July 11, set by the IAAF/IOC for further entries.
08 MAY 2016 PLEASE CLICK ON A ROW BELOW TO VIEW MORE INFORMATION
Asian indoors Report – Cray 60m Bronze Historic
Feb 20, 2016
Eric Cray became the First Filipino athlete to land a medal at the Asian Indoor Championships.
Cray, the SEA Games 100 and 400 Hurdles Champion took the bronze medal in a time of 6.70 seconds, behind two Iranians.
Cray finished fifth place in this event in the 2014 edition.
Hassan Hossein took the win in a new championship record of 6.56 seconds, from teammate Reza Ghassemi took the race in 6.66 seconds.
Cray had a better run in the semifinals with a time of 6.57 seconds in the semis, tying his personal best and southeast Asian Record and setting a championship record.
He had the fastest time qualifying into the finals.
**Full Results** Coming.
Asian Indoors, Doha Day 1: Meenapra, Cray through to 60m Final.
At the Asian Indoors in Qatar, the excitement came in Heat 4 of the Men’s 60m Dash with 2013 SEA Games Champion Jirapong Meenapra of Thailand edging 2015 SEA Games Champion Eric Cray of Philippines 6.735 to 6.739.
The fourth placer Calvin Kang Li Loong of Singapore, was fourth in 6.77.
Asian 60m Record Holder Tosin Ogunode (younger brother of Femi Ogunode, the Asian 100m Champion) of Qatar won Heat 2 with the fastest time of 6.67, ahead of Reza Ghasemi (Iran) 6.71, the 2012 Asian Indoor Champion. In Heat 3 Barakat Al Harthi (Oman) 6.73, Samuel Francis (Qatar) 6.73 2008, 2010, 2014 Asian Indoor Champion and Fadlin (Indonesia) 6.79.
Both the Philippines 400m Entries were part of the 2015 SEA Games Silver medal-winning 4×400.
Johan Caido and 2013 SEA Games 400m Champion Archand Bagsit failed to advance in the competition, experiencing their first indoor meet.
Caido clocked 48.50 in heat 1 to place third and didn’t advance; Archand Bagsit was third in heat 3 in 50.20.
Eric Cray and Crew open up in Albuquerque (updated)
Jan 23, 2016
SEA Games 100m Champion Eric Cray (Philippines).
SEA Games 100m and 400 Hurdles Champion Eric Cray and a crew of Fil-Heritage athletes had their first meet of 2016 at the Cherry & Silver Indoors meet, at Albuquerque New Mexico.
Cray, 27, who is the only male athlete qualified for the Philippines so far in any sport, clocked 6.66 to top the heats of the Mens 60m. He was just outside his 6.57 National and southeast Asian Record but will get a chance tomorrow to better his time in the finals. Cray also clocked a smart 21.43 in the 200m to place second in the second race; this was just outside his 21.31 National Indoor record set last year.
Cray’s training partner and Philippines 100m National Champion Brandon Thomas, 27, clocked 6.92 in the 60m but could not progress in the top 8 in the 60m. Thomas also clocked 22.17 in his race for the 200m.
SEA Games Bronze Medalist Donovont Arriola, 24, registered 7.26m in the Mens Long Jump, placing 7th. Two other fil-heritage athletes Tyler Ruiz and Kurt Felicitas also registered no jumps.
Finally, Marc Nicolas, 20, another protege/former protege of former 3x SEA Games Champion and Ed Lasquette, opened the season with 4.60m in the Pole Vault. His PB is 4.90m.
Eric Cray and Crew
Eric Cray ran two more rounds of the 60m. He improved his seasons best to 6.63 in the Semis (still .06 off his national and SEA Record); he then settled for second in the final in 6.70, being pipped by Mikel Thomas Trinidad, who clocked a new PB of 6.67. Cray met the 6.65 qualification mark for the World Indoors again. The qualification period being January 1, 2015, to March 7, 2016. The World Indoors is scheduled in Portland, Oregon, March 17-20.
Pole Vaulter Alyana Nicolas, 22, studying at Northridge, leaped 3.70m, just outside her 3.75m PB.
Eric Cray Philippines overtakes Cong Lich of Vietnam to defend his 2015 SEA Games title and breaks the meet record. Photo Credit: Veloci and L-Time Studio
Eric Cray 2015 World Champs
Sep 2, 2015
The Philippines to just send Eric Cray to World Champs in Athletics.
The Philippines will be represented by only one athlete at the World Championships in Beijing from August 22-30. Eric Cray Philippines was assisted by Pinoyathletics.info (who was contacted by him via social media) in 2013 with a lot of help given from the PSC; after being ignored by PATAFA’s Multiply website for over a year, he will represent the Philippines in the 400m Hurdles.
Cray is the SEA Games Champion in 400 Hurdles in 2013 and 2015. In 2015 he broke the SEA Games record with a time of 49.40. He also is the 2015 SEA Games Champion in the 100 meters; however, his National Record of 10.24 doesn’t quite make the qualifying standard of 10.16.
Cray’s best time of 49.12, which was done at the Cayman Islands Invitational last month (SEA Record) ranks at the time of writing, is now ranked 14th= globally over 400 Hurdles. As the world champs only allow three entries per country except for the defending country, which is Jehue of Trinidad.
3 Americans and 13 other nations are ranked ahead of him. Cray is certain to make it past the first round; a time of 48.69 was required for the last world champs to make it to the top 8. With his recent improvements, this mark is not out of the question for Cray.
His next best time is 49.40, which he set at the SEA Games. So he has hit underneath the required standard of the IAAF twice at 49.50.
As per below Regarding World Championships qualifications. We have one qualifier, and that is Eric CrayQualifying standard is 49.50
49.12 in the 400 Hurdles at the Cayman Islands 49.40 in the 400 Hurdles at the SEA Games
As per below, as we have one qualifier, anyone else who wishes to be added to the team must hit the event qualifying standard(in the link)
The participation of unqualified athletes (including host country) shall be administered as follows:
Members who have no male and/or no female athletes who have achieved the entry standard or considered as having achieved the entry standard (see above) or qualified relay team may enter one unqualified male athlete or one unqualified female athlete in one event of the disciplines (except the road events and field events [see below], combined events, 10,000m and 3000m steeplechase). The unqualified athlete’s name and the event must be submitted no later than 27 July 2015.
Members whose best athlete excels in a field event or road event may submit to the IAAF the name of their athlete with the corresponding performance they would like to enter. The technical delegates will decide whether or not to accept such entry and, to do so, may seek the opinion of the relevant area association. The unqualified athlete’s name and the event must be submitted no later than 27 July 2015.
Eric Shauwn Cray competed in his second World Championships. Two years ago in Moscow, Cray finished last in his heat in the World Champs in 52.41. In Beijing 2015, it was a two-second improvement to 50.24, finishing sixth in his heat and did not progress to the next round. Although Cray was a second off his 49.12 National Recordset in the Cayman Islands earlier this year, the SEA Games Record Holder managed to hold the field until being overwhelmed the last 50 meters.
Focus now shifts to the Beijing Olympics, where Cray is assured of being supported
financially leading up to the games and not having to balance his job.
Eric Cray would have needed to have run faster than 49.56 to progress via his heat; 49.56 of Wen Cheng of China in Cray’s heat was the slowest time to advance to the next round. The Final was won surprisingly by Kenyan Nicholas Bett in a world-leading time of 47.79. Bett PB from last year was 49.03.
Dennis Kudryastsev of Russia claimed silver in a National Record of 48.05.
Jeffrey Gibson broke the Bahama’s national record to take bronze in 48.17. Kerron Clement, the 2007 and 2009 world champion of the USA, was fourth in 48.18.
Eric Cray Philippines Europe Trip before Worlds -video
July 16, 2015
It was a pleasant surprise to find out Eric Cray had his first stint in Europe and was able to get in some good races before the World Champs. As I have been busy, I am now summarizing these performances the best possible.
The World Champs will be from 22 Aug to 30 Aug in Beijing, China. The historical bird’s nest where Usain Bolt won the first of his Olympic titles in the 2008 Olympics will host the event.
Eric is the SEA Games Champion in the 100m Dash (2015) and SEA Games Champion in 400 Hurdles (2013, 2015). He is also the SEA & SEA Games Record Holder in the 400 Hurdles.
You can vote for Eric Cray as USA Sports Academy Track and Field athlete of the month here. Eric ran 4 x over 400 Hurdles and once over the 100m in Belgium in 10.30, just outside his 10.25 effort at SEA Games. He now has 6 subs 50 seconds 400-meter runs; all achieved this year; three more were added on this European trip.
Eric Cray Philippines Luzern 400m Hurdles
400mh 1 Jeffery Gibson (bah) 48.77; 2 Annsert Whyte (jam) 48.95; 3 Jeshua Anderson (usa) 49.08; 4 Eric Cray (phi) 49.15; 5 Miles Ukaoma (ngr) 49.83; 6 Adam Durham (usa) 49.83; 7 Mahau Suguimati (bra) 50.38
400mh 1 Eric Cray (phi) 49.48; 2 Mickael François 49.76; 3 Amadou N’Diaye (sen) 50.26; 4
Mohamed Seghaier (tun) 50.28; 5 Oskari Moro (fin) 50.35; 6 Mahau Suguimati (bra) 50.77;
7 Martin Carrere 51.18; 8 Fadil Bellaabouss 51.51;
400mh h1 1 Mohamed Seghaier (tun) 49.22; 2 Eric Cray (phi) 49.67; 3 Mickael Francois
(fra) 50.15; 4 Mario Lambrughi (ita) 50.43; 5 Mahau Suguimati (bra) 51.02; 6 Giacomo
Panizza (ita) 51.60; h2 Kavan le Guen (fra) 51.89;
Best Times of Eric Cray Philippines 400 Hurdles
49.12 Cayman Islands Invite, Georgetown, Cayman Islands
49.15 Luzern, Switzerland 14.07.15
49.40 2015 SEA Games, Singapore (SEA Games Record)
49.48 Nancy, France 01.07.15
49.62 Florida Relays, Gainesville, US
49.67 La Chaux De Fonds, Switzerland 05.07.15
Results summaries courtesy of Trackinsun
Mr. Eric Cray Philippines ‘Helps himself’ to Olympic and World Standards in 400 Hurdles (rev 1)
May 24, 2015
Eric Shauwn Cray, The Fil-Heritage program centerpiece and pinoyathletics.info athlete of the year for 2014; again cracked his National Record in the 400 Hurdles; Cray’s performance of 49.12 ranks him seventh in the IAAF World Ranking lists at present. He flew out to an invitational meet in Georgetown, the capital of the tiny nation of the Cayman Islands. Cray beat many Jamaicans, Holding off the giant Ansert Whyte, who closed in on Cray after the last hurdle. Both Cray and Whyte (49.20) went under the meet record of Eric Alejandro of Puerto Rico (49.59) set two years ago.
- 49.62(earlier this year)
The Olongapo born Cray is well ahead of his winning time in the 2013 SEA Games of 51.29. He has a commanding three seconds lead in this event; the next fastest SEA Athlete is fellow Filipino Junrey Bano (52.51), the National Champion.
Cray’s time of 49.12 is also below the SEA Games Record of 49.76, held by Chanon Keanchen of Thailand set in the 1995 SEA Games. Cray’s time also surpasses Keanchen as an All-Time South East Asian Record. He is sure to lower this time at the 2015 Singapore SEA Games in a few weeks.
Cray would have had a good chance at the Asian Championships next week; however, due to the Asian Athletics association overlapping this event with SEA Games, he chose to obligate himself to concentrate on the SEA Games.
Worlds and Olympic Games
The IAAF eliminated the B Standard at Worlds in China 2015 and Olympics in Rio, Brazil 2016, lowering the qualifying from 49.60 to 49.40. Eric has now hit standards in both meets, becoming the only Filipino to do so. Now that Eric has passed the qualifying standards, the Philippines can no longer send a wild card. So the benchmark has been set for other athletes trying to qualify. Eric finished last in his heat at worlds in Moscow two years ago, but now able to train full-time, Cray has really leveled up. With 49.12, at least a run out of heat can be expected.
Eric Cray Philippines NR 400 Hurdles .12 World & Olympics (video)
Apr 4, 2015
ANDREW PIRIE ATFS STATISTICIAN -editor of pinoyathletics.info
Any media using data from this article must remember to quote pinoyathletics.info as the source. Breaking records faster than I can update them, Fil-Heritage Hurdler Eric Cray took a considerable bite into his own national record with a time of 49.62. Cray, the 2013 SEA Games Champion in the 400 Hurdles, was just .12 off the World and Olympic Standard of 49.50. Although he has not hit the standard, if nobody else does on a wild card, he is the closest of all the Filipino Track athletes to the qualification mark. The 2016 Olympic Games will be in Rio, and the qualification has already started.
Cray could have been a strong candidate to win the Asian Championships; however, they are scheduled simultaneously in the SEA Games. His nearest SEA Games rivals in 400 Hurdles are running in the high 51-second range.
At the Florida Relays, Cray ran 49.62 to win the second heat. The meet had a high level of international sprinters, with the first heat had Kerron Clement, who ended up third in 49.42. Clement is the 2007 and 2009 World Champion.
Cray lowers mark (March 2015)
With the focus this week on Donovont, another National Indoor mark fell during this meet. Eric Shauwn Cray took his 200m Indoor record from a few weeks ago down to 21.43 and clocked a smart 48.28 for the 400m indoors. Cray is eyeing the 400 Hurdles and the relays for the SEA Games. The difficult placement of the 200m at the SEA Games makes it hard to balance this event with the busy schedule ahead.
Eric Cray Philippines smashes SEA Record 60m 6.57! (video)
Feb 15, 2015
Fil-Heritage sprint/hurdler Eric Shauwn Cray ran what can easily be described as one of the most stunning performances in Philippines Sports History.
Lining up in the Men’s 60m at the Don Kirby Invitational at Albuquerque, Cray scorched the track with the preliminaries’ fastest time with a stunning world-class time of 6.57. The 14th fastest time in the world this year.
With a remarkable display of speed, the performance has surpassed the SEA Record Wachara Sondee 6.65 (Thailand). It had taken an incredible .18 or nearly 2 strides off the previous record set by Cray when he finished fifth at the Asian Indoor Championships in Guangzhou on 15th February 2014.
Analyzing the Video, it looks like Cray really opens up, not like some races where athletes thump the ground hard and are spent. It looks reminiscent of Tyson Gay when he opens up in the second half of the race.
How fast can he go in the 100m??
Cray clocked the fastest time ahead of all in the Non-Divisional and College Divisional times. Even faster than the winners of the finals. There were some fast athletes on that list. Based on this, we can look towards maybe a 10.00-10.20 time; this is well below the Philippine Record of 10.45, and his current best is 10.52, which was done when he was running around 6.80+ for 60m.
- Justyn Warner (Canada) (6.59), (PB 10.09 London 2012
- Anaso Jobodwana (South Africa) (6.60 PB), (PB 10.10 2013)
- John-Mark Constantine (Trinidad) (6.74 PB), (PB 10.35 2014, 10.24w 2013)
- Tommy Curry (USA) (6.79 PB) (PB 10.34 2012, 10.12w 2012)
- Kyle Webb (Bermuda) (6.85 PB) (PB 10.54 2014)
- Beejay Lee (USA) (6.63) (PB 10.07 2013)
*All athletes above ran PB at the meet mentioned in the article
- Andre DeGrasse (Canada) (20.67) (PB 20.38 outdoors)
- Devan Spann (USA) (20.87) (PB 20.71 outdoors)
- Nic Bowens (USA) (21.07) (PB 20.72 outdoors)
- Parker Bluth (USA) (21.15) (PB 20.91 outdoors)
- Arthur Delaney (USA) (21.16) (PB 20.52 outdoors)
How fast can he go in the 200m, another Indoor Record??
Cray just ran the heats as he was tired from the 200m the day before. Not to take anything
away from a stunning record again broken in the 200m with a 21.31 posting ( the equivalent of at least a 21.0 or more outdoors good enough to win the SEA Games), surely showing great times to come in the 200m also. The Philippine Outdoor record of Ralph Soguilon from 2007 is 21.17. Cray doing a demolition job of his 200m indoor record from 21.81 to 21.57 to 21.43 to 21.31 this year. 21.31 the leading time in South East Asia for this year, both indoors and outdoors. Meenapra of Thailand won SEA Games in 21.29.
Official Results can be found here.
Cray’s Focus is still the 400 Hurdles.
Even though Cray has enjoyed a lot of success now in the shorter sprints when asked about his SEA Games goals.
“I plan to defend my title as the SEA Games 400mh champion.”
It was the top of his agenda. Cray, who took the SEA Games title at the 2013 SEA Games ending a 28-year drought in the Philippines last won in 1985, plans to become the first Filipino to defend his title. The Philippines had Grafilo 1981, Unso 1983, Arnillo 1985 won the titles prior. Cray made both the Asian Champs and Asian Games’ finals, lowering his National Record down to 50.00.
What do you think you will run this year in the 100 and 200 and 400 Hurdles?
I really don’t know. I plan to run the 100m one meet, but I don’t plan to run the
200m outdoors. My goal is to run the A standard or faster in the 400m hurdlers
What’s the plan with you and your coach to ensure you don’t peak early this year and hold this speed up to the bigger meets? By bigger, I mean world champs, not just the SEA Games. Last year, I wasn’t able to work on base training because of Working and
preparing in December for the Sea Games. This year the calendar for Sea
Games and World Championship line up perfectly, being that the games are in June
and August, so I have more time for base training. As of right now, I am still in base
training and haven’t yet gotten to block or speed work yet. My coach says that having a better base will help me later in the season.
For the Olympics and Worlds, Cray’s focus is still 400 Hurdles. The standard is 49.50, Cray is
quite positive he can go well below that this season.
What changes have you made to your training program, diet? Daily routine? and how many
days a week do you train now?
Training is dealing with more base work because I missed out on last
season. My diet lately has been the same but cutting out the sweets and bad
snacking. I can work out more this season also.
How are your lifts going to the gym? Are you pushing big numbers in cleans, deadlifts, etc.?
I am stronger than I’ve ever been in the weight room in every lift.
You beat some fast guys with good PBS. I’m just browsing through the names now. What do
What do you think about that?
I really don’t know what to think. I’m just hoping it translates to a good 400m hurdle time.
Cray shatters the national indoor record.
SEA Games 400 Hurdles Champion Eric Cray lowered his 200m Indoor National Record from 21.81 set last year to 21.57 at the Lobos Meet at Albuquerque. Cray outdoor PB is a lot less than this; however, 21.57 is worth around a 21.3et.
Cray also clocked 1:23.15 in the 600m.
Looking at the SEA Games schedule, Cray will be more likely to focus on the relays and defend his 400 Hurdle title as the 200m final is 40 minutes after the 400 Hurdles Final.
The Multi-talented Cray holds five Philippine national records in the 60, 60 Hurdles and 200 (Indoors), 110 and 400 Hurdles.
Meanwhile, as the well-established Cray continued to batter down records, two jumping beauties from the ‘Fil-Heritage program’ who came from the same city in the United States continued to impress.
Asian Games: Eric Cray Philippines keeps a promise to Filipinos
Sept 30, 2014
Eric Cray, 25-year-old Fil-Heritage SEA Games 400m Hurdles Champion lived up to his promises and predictions of his coach Keith Sharper of a low to sub 50 run.
A disappointing day yesterday with highly feted Long Jumper Marestella Torres disqualified for three no jumps and unable to deliver a medal.
The Olongapo born Cray, who I had discovered via social media, introduced and assisted in Philippine Track and Field.
I surprised even his harshest critics, clocking a time of 50.00 to come in second in the third of three heats behind the 2013 Asian Championship silver medalist Wen Cheng of China 49.89.
Cray’s time not only shattered his established Filipino Record of 50.74.
But it also broke his career-best time from 2012 of 50.46.
He was in the difficult outside lane eight and had a very tough heat with several athletes with 49 second best times.
Cray hopefully only trains three times a week and juggles a busy schedule working two jobs at Dymocks and helping coach disabled athletes.
Cray is spurred on to win a medal as he knows the additional help would assure he could train full time and reach his goal of becoming an Olympian.
That said is not too far-fetched as the Olympic B Standard is just a stride away in 49.80.
At first, Eric experienced quite a bit of culture shock first in the Philippines but eventually adapted to how things work here and now enjoys traveling to the Philippines and other countries and is very proud to represent the Philippines.
He is a role model to upcoming athletes who are now seeing Filipino’s again on the podium. Cray promised his Filipino mother that he would choose to represent the Philippines rather than the United States.
Tomorrow he will line up in one of the middle lanes with a good shot at winning the Philippines ‘ first medal in athletics in 20 years.
Men’s 400m Hurdles Round 1 – Heat 3
- Incheon Asiad Main Stadium – Track
- 30 SEP 2014 SCHEDULED START TIME
- 11: 09
|WR||46.78s||YOUNG Kevin||USA||Barcelona (ESP)||Olympic Games||06 AUG 1992|
|AS||47.53s||AL SOMAILY Hadi Soua’An||KSA||Sydney, NSW (AUS)||Olympic Games||27 SEP 2000|
|GR||48.42s||AL SOMAILY Hadi Soua’An||KSA||Busan (KOR)||Asian Games||08 OCT 2002|
|Rank||Bib||Name||NOC||Date of Birth||Lane||React. Time||Result||Remark|
|1||130||CHENG Wen||CHNChina||06 APR 1989||3||0.171||49.89||Q||SB|
|2||399||CRAY Eric Shauwn||PHIPhilippines||06 NOV 1988||8||0.154||50.00||Q||PB|
|3||238||KISHIMOTO Takayuki||JPNJapan||06 MAY 1990||6||0.140||50.27||q|
|4||340||JASEM W A A Almas||KUWKuwait||05 FEB 1990||7||0.157||50.50||q||PB|
|5||290||LEE Seungyoon||KORKorea, Republic of||28 FEB 1989||4||0.175||51.19|
|6||499||DYATLOV Artem||UZBUzbekistan||22 MAY 1989||5||0.159||51.70|
Cray Runs the second-fastest 100m by a Filipino (March 2014)
Eric Cray came just .02 seconds away from the National Record of Ralph Soguilon (10.45), a windy 10.47 (+3.4) at the Texas Relays.
Cray, better known as the 400 Hurdles SEA Games champion, finished 5th at the Asian Indoors in 60m.
He holds the Philippine records for the 60, 200, and 60 Hurdle Indoors, 110 and 400 Hurdles. The 10.47 is below the SEA Games’ winning time, 10.48 by Thai Jirapong Meenapra.
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Cray Surpasses 200m Indoor Record (February 2014)Again,
Eric Cray set a new mark in the 200m Indoor in 21.81 seconds over the weekend (07.02.14) at the New Mexico Classic.
His previous time was 21.85 seconds; the times indoors are about .5 seconds slower than on an outdoor surface due to the tight bends (an indoor track is 200m all the way around, whereas outdoor is 400m).
Jan 25, 2014
Article by Andrew Pirie
Official Athlete Representative for Eric Cray Philippines
Eric Cray ends a 28-year drought reclaiming the Philippines’ gold medal in the 400 Hurdles at the SEA Games in Myanmar.
Eric Cray surpassed the national record he set last week with a time of 7.86 in the 60 Hurdles. Coach Keith Sharper guides cray holds the National Records in the 110 and 400 Hurdles and added the 60 and 60 Hurdles last week.
Eric is receiving very minimal financial support to cover his training expenses.
The Performance of 7.86 set at the Cherry and Silver Indoor Meet at Albuquerque, New Mexico, surpassed the release breaking 7.93 from last week, where Cray won at the Lobos meet Albuquerque.
It also surpassed Crays’s personal best in this event of 7.91 set last year.
Cray won heat 1 to qualify second to the final behind Logan Taylor of the double pillar, who ran 7.84 to win the second heat.
The final will be tomorrow, in which Cray hopes to break the 7.70 qualifiers required for the world indoor championship.
Flash Back: Eric Cray Philippines Surpass 2 National Indoor Record
Jan 19, 2014
Article by Andrew Pirie
Official Athlete Representative for Eric Cray Philippines
Several performances were recorded by Filipino-Heritage athletes this weekend.
It’s an interesting start to the year as there are very few Filipino Records for indoor meets due to the Philippines’ lack of an indoor facility.
However, as many Fil-Heritage athletes have now obtained passports, several records will likely be added this year onwards.
Olongapo, born Eric Cray, highlighted these performances. Cray got straight into the US Indoor season on Saturday after claiming the SEA Games 400m Hurdles title last month in Myanmar.
Probably the best find for the Philippines Athletics in a long time.
This added to a successful 2013 to Cray where he broke the Filipino Records in the 400 Hurdles 50.74 and at the PNG took the 110 Hurdle record to 14.17.
Cray also made the final at the Asian Championships in Pune, India, for the 400 Hurdles.
World Indoor Goals
In the final, Cray placed fifth in 6.79 tired after three races. Cray’s time of 6.77 was a good season opener as the qualification standard for the world indoor championships March 7-9 held in Sopot, Poland, is 6.65.
- World Indoor standards can be viewed here.
Cray also won the 60m Hurdles in 7.93 after timing 7.99 in the heats.
This performance set a new national record as there was no previous record in this event.
The qualification for the world indoors in this event is 7.70.
- These performances are due to the ratification of the PATAFA. They require a photo finish of the meet results for ratification.
- Cray is hoping to select the Asian Indoors in China next month, February 15-16.
- No Videos available yet will post when ready
- meet results can be downloaded here
Limited Time to Train
Cray only trains a couple of times a week and has to work to cover most of his training costs.
After winning gold in the SEA Games, Cray will start receiving 40,000 pesos a month from the PSC as part of the priority program.
While this goes a long way in the Philippines, Cray, who is being guided by coach Keith Sharper is making the best of what he can with limited resources.
Eric has to work eight hour days at clothing specialist store Dillard’s
Cray’s victory in the 400m hurdles qualifies him for a monthly financial assistance of P40,000 from the PSC.
“That’s great. But it’s not enough I guess. I still have to work at Dillard’s,” he said
Cray needs a sponsor to train full time and reach his goals of being a competitive world-class athlete and Olympic medalist.
Eric Cray’s mark of 21.85 in the 200m also established a new national indoor record.
The outdoor record is currently held by Ralph Waldy Soguilon 21.17 set in 2007.
*February 24 is the deadline for all world indoor champs’ entries.
Eric Cray Articles 2013 – secures Filipino passport, seeking sponsorship assistance.
Fil Heritage athlete Eric Cray set both Philippine National records in the 110 and 400 Hurdles.
Fil-Heritage Hurdler Eric Cray has secured a Filipino Passport, which has been submitted to PATAFA. His mark of 50.74 is now undergoing ratification by PATAFA as it has exceeded the national record of Renato Unso (51.26 set in the 1983 SEA Games).
His best time is 50.46, exceeds the SEA Games Gold medal winner from Thailand by 1 second, and he is within range of the bronze medal standard of the Asian Track Champs, which is at 50.39. Eric’s goal is to aim for the world champs where the B Standard is 49.60.
Eric is looking at participating at the PNG but needs assistance with airfare and training expenses as he intends to compete at the Asian Track Champs in July, World Champs in August, and SEA Games in November.
We are currently seeking Eric’s sponsors and urge anyone interested in helping him reach his goals to email [email protected]
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