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Eric Cray quickly dusted off a dreadful 2017 opener of 52.10 400 Hurdles run at the Drake Relays in Des Moines (cold, heavy rain).

Cray, 28 the SEA Games Champion in both the 100m and 400 Hurdles. Firstly cray ran the 100 at Mito Invitational on May 5 and clocked 10.35 (-0.6) wind, his second fastest time of the year. His best is 10.31 in January for 2017. Crays Philippine record and SEA Games winning time was 10.25. He still has another 3 months to go till SEA Games in August in Malaysia. Perhaps the nearest competitors to Cray are two athletes who have ran 10.39 this year. 19 year old Asian Junior Champion Khairul Jantan (Malaysia) (10.18 PB), 10.39 this year, and SEA Games silver medalist Bobby Yaspi (Indonesia) (10.36 PB).

Cray then went to Osaka to break the meet record at the Michitaka Kinami Memorial meet on May 7. Cray timed 49.58. Cray timed 49.40 to set a new record at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore. His best time is 48.98 set at the world challenge series in Madrid last year. Cray is also going to contest the 400 Hurdles at the world championships in London 4-13 August. Shortly before the Malaysia SEA Games August 19-30 in Kuala Lumpur

This year he leads fellow Filipino Francis Medina, 21 51.30 who shattered his previous best time to win the Singapore open and also join Cray in qualification for SEA Games. Quach Cong Lich (Vietnam) the SEA Silver medalist has not yet ran a 400 Hurdles but he timed 46.66 at the Asian Grand Prix.

Another Hurdler Fil-Heritage athlete Connor Henderson, 25 who was silver medalist at the National Open in Ilagan behind Medina (Cray did not participate in that event at nationals) won the Bedford Championships in England in 52.52. Connor best time is 52.22 from 2014. He would need to beat the 51.30 of Medina now before July to grab the other spot for SEA Games. The SEA Games bronze standard was 51.36 from 2015 Singapore SEA Games.


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