ASIAN GAMES: Cray finishes 7th in finals of 400m hurdles, Torres Sunang ends up 9th in long jump

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 28, 2018 12:07 PM
Cray finishes 7th, Torres Sunang ends up 9th
Cray, the oldest in the field at 29 years old, submitted a time of 51.53, which was even slower than his 50.54 in the semifinals (photo courtesy of PSC).

JAKARTA — Marestella Torres Sunang leapt to a ninth-place finish in what could be her last Asian Games and Eric Shawn Cray fumbled in the men’s 400m hurdles on Monday night at the Gelora Bung Karko Main Stadium.

Sunang, who for the longest time remained unbeatable in long jump in the Philippines, forced her 37-year-old legs to a 6.15-meter distance which was only good for ninth place in the 11-woman final of the event.

All her rivals were at least nine years her junior or younger with Vietnam’s Thiu Thu Tao Bui, 26, winning the gold with a leap of 6.55m. India’s Neena Varakil, 28, took the silver with 6.51 and China’s Xu Xiaoling, also 26, settling for the bronze with 6.50.

Meanwhile, Eric Shawn Cray placed seventh in the finals of the 400m hurdles as he succumbed to the full weight of the world-class field.

Cray, who at 29 was also the oldest in his event’s final, placed seventh as he succumbed to the full weight of the world-class field.

Cray clocked 51.53, which was even slower than his 50.54 in the semifinals.

The top five finishers of the 400m hurdles all broke the 50-second barrier with Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba setting a new Asian Games’ record of 47.66 that shattered the 16-year-old mark of 48.42 by Al Somaily Has during the 2002 Busan Games.

The long-limbed Samba, who was born in Mauritania but shifted allegiance to Qatar and became eligible to compete for his adopted country in May 2016, was also he second fastest 400m hurdler ever and the second person to run the 400m hurdles in less than 47 seconds with his 46.98 at the Diamond League in Paris Saint-Denis, France, early this year.

India’s Dharun Ayyasamy placed runner-up in the Asian 400m with a 48.96, while Japan’s Abe Takatoshi ranked third with a 49.12 clocking.

Cray, a two-time 400m hurdles’ champion of the SEA Games (Myanmar and Singapore), will again try his luck in the 4x100 with Anfernee Lopena, Clayton Bautista and Trenten Beram on Thursday.

Beram and fellow Fil-American Kristina Knott joins the 200 meters on Wednesday.

On Friday, EJ Obiena plunges into action in the men’s pole vault.

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