Cray adds second Golds
Eric Shauwn Cray of the Philippines set several mile stones at the Sports Hub Stadium on a packed Wednesday Evening. The 26 year old Cray fresh from winning the century dash the day before was up to defending his SEA title he won in Myanmar two years ago.
The organizers decided to fill all nine lanes in a straight final with Cray drawn in lane 4, outside him was Quach Cong Lich of Vietnam (in yellow) a runner new to this event with a PB of 46.99 in the 400 plain. Lich led Cray the whole way until the last 100m. The defending champion put his foot down on the pedal and was fairly even with Lich until clearing the last hurdle, then Cray used his superior finishing speed to comfortably win in a new Games Record of 49.40. Cray passed the old mark set 20 years ago bu Chanon Keanchan of Thailand which is 49.76. Cray who ran 49.12 at the Cayman Island Invitational at Georgetown last month was able to qualify for the Olympic Games. 49.40 was his second best career performance. Cray is currently ranked ninth on the world rankings.
Quach Cong Lich was second in a big PB of 50.29 a relative newcomer to this event. Last years Silver medalist Andrian of Indonesia was reduced to a Bronze despite running a PB of 51.36. 2011 Champion Xuan Dao of Vietnam was fourth. Five runners broke 52 seconds, compared to three last SEA Games indicating a stronger shift in depth in this event.
The other Filipino in this race Junrey Bano the PNG and National Champion finished sixth.
Cray also became the First Filipino in 400 Hurdles to go back to back with wins in 2013,2015. The Philippines won gold in 1981 Grafilo, 1983 Unso, 1985 Arnillo