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 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.
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), 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.
And set cray’s previous 49.07 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 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||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.
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.
HEAT 3 18 MAR 2016 18:09 PLEASE CLICK ON A ROW BELOW TO VIEW –
|1||256||Asafa POWELL||JAM||6.44 Q||WL||0.136|
|2||153||Bingtian SU||CHN||6.50 Q||AIR||0.159|
|3||372||Marvin BRACY||USA||6.54 q||0.148|
|8||273||Abdullah Abkar MOHAMMED||KSA||6.68||0.161|
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 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 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.
Born in New Zealand, worked extensively with Philippines Athletics now back living in Sydney, Australia. A retired sprinter that ran for 15 years he competed at the Philippine National Championships due to his Filipino Mother.
Started competing in the PHI NCAA, Weekly relays, Asian Grand Prix, and other meets for 12 years and was a former member of the national training pool.
Formerly a Mapua Computer science student, he earned a Bachelor in International Relations and International Business in 2007 from International Pacific College in New Zealand.
Pirie is widely known throughout the Philippine Athletics community for his advocacy and many contributions.
Among his work in the PSC he also helped recruit Eric Cray for the Philippine Team. Cray went onto win 4x SEA Games 400 Hurdles Titles and mad the Olympic Semis in the 400 Hurdles in 2016.
Has coached and help improve over 100 athletes in the Philippines.
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