Eric Cray 2016 – Olympic Year

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.

Cray, probably tired from a long campaign, clocked 49.88 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland finishing 5th.

Former world record holder Asafa Powell (Jamaica) took the men’s 100m from  Ben Meite (Cote D’Ivoire), who was in 6th place in the Olympic Finals.

Powell won 9.96 to 10.01. Former Olympic Champion LaShawn Merritt took the 400m in 44.50.



Athletics-Meeting Lausanne men/women results

By Reuters

Published: 20:14 GMT, 25 August 2016 | Updated: 20:14 GMT, 25 August 2016


Aug 25

(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

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Cray against Clement (left) and Sumuti (Right) in the 400 Hurdles Rio Olympics. In the finals, they got Gold and Silver.


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 a long 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 competing for the Philippines.

Yet, she overcame these odds and continued to improve her performances by 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 Thomas Barr (Ireland) 48.93.

This performance was good enough to place Eric 14th of 24, who progressed through to the Semi-Finals.

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Cray passes the heats qualifies in third.


1 2652 Keisuke NOZAWA JPNJPN 48.62 Q PB 0.138
2 2581 Thomas BARR IRLIRL 48.93 Q SB 0.169
3 2826 Eric CRAY PHIPHI 49.05 Q   0.142
4 2621 Jaheel HYDE JAMJAM 49.24 q   0.186
5 2357 Sergio FERNÁNDEZ ESPESP 49.31 q   0.139
6 2471 Sebastian RODGER GBRGBR 49.54   0.175
7 2898 Le Roux HAMMAN RSARSA 49.72   0.186
8 2979 Jehue GORDON TTOTTO 49.98 SB 0.169


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), 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.



1 3059 Kerron CLEMENT USAUSA 48.26 Q SB 0.141
2 2699 Boniface Mucheru TUMUTI KENKEN 48.85 Q SB 0.181
3 2357 Sergio FERNÁNDEZ ESPESP 48.87 NR 0.150
4 2008 Abdelmalik LAHOULOU ALGALG 49.08   0.200
5 2621 Jaheel HYDE JAMJAM 49.17   0.131
6 2652 Keisuke NOZAWA JPNJPN 49.20   0.158
7 2826 Eric CRAY PHIPHI 49.37   0.139
8 2457 Jack GREEN GBRGBR 49.54   0.185

World Challenge in Sweden Eric Cray 400 Hurdles win (Jun 30, 2016)

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World Challenge in Sweden Eric CrayAfterr competing in his third world challenge meet of the yea, Eric Craye came up with a win.


Also, finishing third in Kawasaki, Japan, and second in Madrid, Spain.

Cray clocked a time of 49.67.

He held off Juander Santos of the Dominican Republic and Cornel Fredericks of the Republic of South Africa.


World Challenge Series

Sollentuna, Sweden

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)

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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.

And set cray’s previous 49.07 in the World Challenge series in Japan.

Sergio Fernandez of Spain took third in a close 49.02, with Ramus Magi of Estonia 49.04.

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.

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Results (via IAAF)

1 Jeshua ANDERSON USAUSA 48.96    
2 Eric CRAY PHIPHI 48.98    
3 Sergio FERNÁNDEZ ESPESP 49.02    
4 Rasmus MÄGI ESTEST 49.04    
5 Andrés SILVA URUURU 49.25    
6 Omar CISNEROS CUBCUB 49.40    
7 Abdelmalik LAHOULOU ALGALG 49.48    
8 Alfredo SEPÚLVEDA CHICHI 52.64

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 the 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 USAUSA 6.57 Q   0.142
2 305 Eric CRAY PHIPHI 6.64 Q   0.121
3 287 Hensley PAULINA NEDNED 6.73 Q   0.109
4 236 Darrell WESH HAIHAI 6.77   0.296
5 304 Andy MARTÍNEZ PERPER 6.84 PB 0.144
6 281 Julius MORRIS MNTMNT 6.85   0.238
7 160 Yanis DALLAY COMCOM 7.29 SB 0.178
8 106 Scheyenne SANITOA ASAASA 7.37 PB 0.153

Cray got to take on an even bigger name in the 60m Dash. Well, at least for the first 10 meters.

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’s 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.

60-metres-Heat-3-Photofinish. (1)


1 256 Asafa POWELL JAMJAM 6.44 Q WL 0.136
2 153 Bingtian SU CHNCHN 6.50 Q AIR 0.159
3 372 Marvin BRACY USAUSA 6.54 q   0.148
4 142 Mobolade AJOMALE CANCAN 6.60   0.151
5 219 Andrew ROBERTSON GBRGBR 6.61   0.141
6 103 Chavaughn WALSH ANTANT 6.61   0.139
7 305 Eric CRAY PHIPHI 6.67   0.132
8 273 Abdullah Abkar MOHAMMED KSAKSA 6.68   0.161


Eric Cray clocks New South East Asian Record in 400 Hurdle’s (May 8, 2016)

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En route to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Eric Cray opened his season with a 49.07 400 Hurdles run, which broke his National and southeast Asian Record of 49.12 from the Cayman Islands last year.

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.

He also helped an Airforce team run below the National Record in the 4×100.

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.



1 Keisuke NOZAWA JPNJPN 48.67    
2 Eric CRAY PHIPHI 49.07    
3 Yuki MATSUSHITA JPNJPN 49.10    
4 Mahau SUGUIMATI BRABRA 49.26    
5 Yuta KONISHI JPNJPN 50.08    
6 Leford GREEN JAMJAM 50.43    
7 Niall FLANNERY GBRGBR 50.71    
8 Yoshiro WATABE JPNJPN 51.60


Asian indoors Report – Cray 60m Bronze Historic

Feb 20, 2016

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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.

Disappointment struck host Qatar in the semifinals when three-time champion Samuel Francis and teammate Tosin Ogunode, both medal favorites, exited the competition with false start disqualifications.


**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 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.

Day 2

Eric Cray and Crew

Eric Cray ran two more rounds of the 60m. He improved his season’s 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.

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