Eric Cray 2018
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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 in 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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