Eric Cray 2019 – Greatest 400 Hurdles Champion in the History of the SEA Games Claims #4 Title

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BACK IN FORM. Eric Cray cruises to his best performance in two years in front of his countrymen. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Eric 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.

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That’s a 4-peat in SEA Games 400 hurdles for Eric Cray. Czar Dancel, ABS-CBN News

 

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 setback 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.

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Sources:

  1. https://www.rappler.com/sports/specials/sea-games/246938-results-athletics-hurdles-eric-cray-gold-philippines-2019
  2. 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

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All eyes will be on the Filipino athletes when they host the Southeast Asian Games beginning on November 30. 
And the pressure is on the Philippines to deliver a successful hosting of the Games and the overall championship – a feat it achieved the last time it hosted the conclave in 2005. 
The country targets at least 120 gold medals before the Games commence, Spin. Ph lists down 15 of the Philippines’ best gold-medal hopes. Here’s the 13th part.]

Eric Cray 2019 - Greatest 400 Hurdles Champion in the History of the SEA Games Claims #4 Title 1

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. 

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Quach Cong Lich and Eric Cray

 

Vietnamese Rival

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.

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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.

 

Sources

https://www.spin.ph/multisport/sea-games/best-hopes-for-gold-at-sea-games-eric-cray-seeks-rare-four-peat-a2522-20191129

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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.

Cray leads a 1-2 Philippines SEA Rankings with 50.34, ahead of Francis Medina 51.52. 

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.

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Cray confident for SEA Games 100m despite a slow start

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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

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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.

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Eric Cray continued his fine form with another win at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic, improving his ‘Seasons Best’ to 6.67.

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.

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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 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 preparing for the Asian Championships in Doha, which will start on April 21.

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At the Asian Games last year, a very disappointed Cray cited “this was the worst race of my career’ after finishing 7th against the likes of Samba of Qatar and Takatoshi Abe of Japan.

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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.

Sources:

http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=211788921

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