Eric Shauwn Cray, The Fil-Heritage program centre piece, andpinoyathletics.info athlete of the year for 2014; again cracked his National Record in the 400 Hurdles; Cray’s performance of 49.12 ranks him seventh in the IAAF World Ranking lists at present. He flew out to an invitational meet in Georgetown, the capital of the tiny nation of the Cayman Islands. Cray beat a bunch of Jamicans, Holding off the giant Ansert Whyte who closed in on Cray after the last hurdle. Both Cray and Whyte (49.20) went under the meet record of Eric Alejandro of Puerto Rico (49.59) set two years ago.
Cray the SEA Games 400 Hurdles Champion has lowered the Philippine Record which was originally set by Renato Unso in 1983 SEA Games at 51.26, to 50.74, 50.00, 49.62 (earlier this year) and now 49.12. The Olongopo born Cray is well ahead of his winning time in the 2013 SEA Games of 51.29. He has a commanding three seconds lead in this event, the next fastest SEA Athlete in this event fellow Filipino Junrey Bano (52.51) the National Champion.
Cray’s time of 49.12 is also below the SEA Games Record of 49.76 which is held by Chanon Keanchen of Thailand set in the 1995 SEA Games. Cray’s time also surpasses Keanchen as an All Time South East Asian Record. He is sure to lower this time at the 2015 Singapore SEA Games in a few weeks time.
Cray would have had a good chance at the Asian Championships next week however due to the Asian Athletics association over lapping this event with SEA Games he chose to obligate himself to concentrating on the SEA Games.
Worlds and Olympic Games
The IAAF eliminated the B Standard at Worlds in China 2015, and Olympics in Rio, Brazil 2016; lowering the qualifying from 49.60 to 49.40. Eric has now hit standards in both meets becoming the only Filipino to do so. Now that Eric has passed the qualifying standards the Philippines can no longer send a wild card. So the bench mark has been set for other athletes trying to qualify. Eric finished last in his heat at worlds in Moscow two years ago, but now able to train full time Cray has really leveled up. With 49.12 at least a run out of the heats can be expected.