After a day boldly declaring he’ll rule his event, the new prized possession of Philippine athletics, Eric Cray, nailed athletics third gold medal at the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Wunna Theikdi Stadium, Naypyitaw, Myanmar.
The 25-year-old Cray topped the morning heats of the men’s 400m hurdles event, followed by 2011 SEA Games bronze medalist Aandrian Andrian of Indonesia and SEA Games defending champion Dao Xuan Cuong of Vietnam.
He then bolted his way to winning the gold medal in the finals, clocking 51.29 seconds.
The Olongapo-born Cray relied on a strong run in the final 150 meters to surge past Andrian (51.74) and Cuong Dao (51.79) who settled for third.
“I knew I’m going to get the gold because God gave me the ability to win,” said the three-time All-American from University of Oklahoma.
Thailand’s Narongdech Janjai, the 2011 SEA Games silver medalist, was relegated to 5th place with a time of 53.29, while Junrey Bano, the other Filipino who qualified in this event, placed 6th with a time of 53.85.
Athletics added three more silvers through Mervin Guarte in the men’s 800m run, Arniel Ferrera in men’s hammer throw, and Narcisa Atienza in the women’s heptathlon.
Eric Panique managed to placed third only in the men’s marathon, while 2011 SEA Games medalists Danilo Fresnido and Loralie Sermona failed to deliver a podium finish this year.
Veteran javeln thrower Fresnido placed 5th in his event, while Sermona ranked 4th in the women’s hammer throw.
Women’s Hammer Throw amid registering a throw of 50.26m to her 2011 throw of 49.69.
Jesson Ramil Cid set the pace halfway through the decathlon event yesterday, winning 4 of the contested five events, and placing second in the long jump.
He’s all pumped up going to the finals today, determined and focused in winning another gold medal for athletics.
Also seeing action in athletics today are Rene Herrera and Christopher Ulboc Jr. in the Men’s 3000m Steeplechase Finals, Tyler Ruiz men’s high jump, Jessica Barnard in women’s 3000m steeplechase finals, Katherine Khay Santos in women’s long jump and Rosie Villarito in women’s javelin throw.