PH hurdles king Eric Cray winds up 7th
JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Philippines’ Eric Shawn Cray placed seventh in the finals of the 400m hurdles as he succumbed to the full weight of the world-class field in the 2018 Asian Games athletics competitions at the Gelora Bung Karko Main Stadium on Monday night, August 27.
Cray, the oldest in the field at 29 years old, submitted a time of 51.53, which was even slower than his 50.54 in the semifinal.
The top five finishers of the 400m hurdles all broke the 50-second barrier, highlighted by the stunning show of Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba, who set a new Asian Games’ record of 47.66 that obliterated the 16-year-old mark of 48.42 by Al Somaily Has during the 2002 Busan games.
The long-limbed Samba – who was born in Mauritania but transferred his allegiance to Qatar and became eligible to compete for his adopted country in May 2016 – is also the second fastest 400m hurdler ever and the second person to run the 400m hurdles in less than 47 seconds with his 46.98 at the Diamond League in Paris Saint-Denis, France early this year.
India’s Dharun Ayyasamy placed runner-up in the Asian 400m with a 48.96, while Japan’s Abe Takatoshi ranked third with a 49.12 clocking.
Cray, a two-time 400m hurdles’ champion of the SEA Games, will again try his luck in the 4x100 with Anfernee Lopena, Clayton Bautista and Trenten Beram on Thursday.
Beram and fellow Fil-American Kristina Knott joins the 200 meters on Wednesday.
On Friday, EJ Obiena plunges into action in the men’s pole vault. – Rappler.com