Eric Cray 2014

Eric Cray 2014

Asian Games:  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.


Busy Schedule

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.

Cray’s Goal is to defend his SEA Games title that he is on a clear path to do and reset the SEA Games record of 1995 set by Chanon Keanchan in the 1995 Chiangmai Edition.

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
11: 09
Type Record Name NOC Location Competition Name Date
WR 46.78s YOUNG Kevin USA - United States USA Barcelona (ESP) Olympic Games 06 AUG 1992
AS 47.53s AL SOMAILY Hadi Soua’An KSA - Saudi Arabia KSA Sydney, NSW (AUS) Olympic Games 27 SEP 2000
GR 48.42s AL SOMAILY Hadi Soua’An KSA - Saudi Arabia KSA Busan (KOR) Asian Games 08 OCT 2002
Rank Bib Name NOC Date of Birth Lane React. Time Result Remark
1 130 CHENG Wen CHN - China CHNChina 06 APR 1989 3 0.171 49.89 Q SB
2 399 CRAY Eric Shauwn PHI - Philippines PHIPhilippines 06 NOV 1988 8 0.154 50.00 Q PB
3 238 KISHIMOTO Takayuki JPN - Japan JPNJapan 06 MAY 1990 6 0.140 50.27 q  
4 340 JASEM W A A Almas KUW - Kuwait KUWKuwait 05 FEB 1990 7 0.157 50.50 q PB
5 290 LEE Seungyoon KOR - Korea, Republic of KORKorea, Republic of 28 FEB 1989 4 0.175 51.19    
6 499 DYATLOV Artem UZB - Uzbekistan UZBUzbekistan 22 MAY 1989 5 0.159 51.70  

Eric 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

As noted, Cray’s race had a lot of class athletes members of the Japanese National Team,  Jared Connaughton, who has represented Canada at the world and Olympic level, and US Decathlete Trey Hardee.

Event 11 Men 100 Meter Dash Invitational ======================================================================== World: ! 9.58 2009 Usain Bolt, JAM American: $ 9.69 2009 Tyson Gay, USA Collegiate: % 9.89 2011 Ngoni Makusha, FSU Myers Std: S 10.00 2008 Richard Thompson, LSU TX Relays: M 9.97 1992 Olapade Adeniken, UTEP Name Year School Finals Wind H# ======================================================================== 1 Sota Kawatsura Japan 10.10 3.4 1 2 Jared Connaughton Nike 10.14 3.4 1 3 Cordero Gray Nike 10.16 1.4 2 4 Yuki Koike Japan 10.21 3.4 1 5 Kazuma Oseto Japan 10.23 3.4 1 6 Antoine Adams SR Elite Perfor 10.26 1.4 2 7 Aska Cambridge Japan 10.27 1.4 2 8 D’Angelo Cherry Asics 10.34 1.4 2 9 Naoki Tsukahara Japan 10.38 1.4 2 10 Isiah Young SR World Express AC 10.41 1.4 2 11 Trey Hardee Nike 10.44 3.4 1 12 Eric Cray Phillipines 10.47 3.4 1 — Charles Silmon adidas FS 1.4 2 Read more: Texas Relays – News – 2014 Results – Texas Relays

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).

Kyla Richardson recorded 7.22 secs on (25.01.14) for 55m. Alyana Nicolas opened this year with a vault of 3.20m.

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 and will likely add several records this year.

*You can view Filipino Indoor records here. I will create a separate section soon; view them under National Records for now.

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.

Cray’s win at SEA Games ended a 28-year-old gold medal drought into this event, and he became the fourth Filipino to win this event with Grafilo (81), Unso (83), and Arnillo (85).

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

The 25-year old clocked 6.77 in the heats of the New Mexico of the 60m, which surpassed the National Record of Alex Gabito set at the World Indoor Championships in Maebashi, Japan 6.94.

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.

  • And can view world Indoor standards 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 coach Keith Sharper is guiding, makes 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.

Results Here

*February 24 is the deadline for all world indoor champs’ entries.





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