Fil-Am hurdler Cray advances to 400-meter hurdles semis

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 15, 2016 11:51 PM
Fil-Am hurdler Cray advances to 400-meter hurdles semis
Philippines's Eric Cray, left, and Japan's Keisuke Nozawa compete in a men's 400-meter hurdles heat during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

RIO DE JANEIRO – Eric Cray of the Philippines took the first step toward a crack at the medal when he qualified for the semis of the men’s 400m hurdles in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Cray, born in Olongapo City but now living in Texas, finished third in heat No. 4 with a time of 49.05 seconds at the Olympic Stadium here, not enough to beat his personal best of 48.98.

But Cray is in the semis scheduled Tuesday. If he surpasses his best time, the 27-year-old Cray can get to the finals on Thursday and hope for a medal.

“That’s the goal – get through the preliminaries,” said Cray.

Keisuke Nozawa of Japan topped the heat in 48.62 followed by Thomas Barr of Ireland at 48.93. For the Japanese it was a personal best, and for the Irish it was a season best.

“Let’s take it step by step. He’s in the semis now and the next goal is to get to the finals,” said Philippine chef-de-mission Jose Romasanta from the stands.

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