SEA Games: Eric Cray triumphant in men's 400m hurdles

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Posted at May 17 2022 06:29 PM | Updated as of May 17 2022 09:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Eric Shauwn Cray claimed his fifth gold medal by dominating the men's 400m hurdles in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday.

Cray clocked in at 50.410, ahead of Lich Quach Cong of Vietnam (50.820) and Jun Jie Calvin Quek of Singapore (51.190).

The 33-year-old Fil-American also won the gold in the 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 editions of the SEA Games. It is his 7th gold overall in the biennial event.

“Man, it’s a blessing, I thank God for this, I feel that I still got one more left in me,” said Cray, who had to endure hamstring issues in these Games.

Cray is expected to suit up in the 100 meters on Wednesday to shoot for a personal 8th gold when he runs in the 100m dash, where he won the gold in 2015.

“That would be intense, so I will try to rest up tonight,” added Cray, who was also part of the 4x100 mixed relay champion team during the 2019 edition.

Meanwhile, Sarah Noveno Dequinan failed to defend the title in the women's heptathlon, taking home a silver in the event.

Nevertheless, she added to the country's medal count despite finishing behind Vietnam's Na Gnuyen Limh (gold). Malaysia's Norliyana Kamaruddin took home the bronze.

Mark Harry Diones also got himself a silver in the men's triple jump. 

He jumped 15.87 meters to edge Vietnam's Dien Tran Van (15.84). Malaysia's Andre Anura Anuar won the gold with 16.51 meters.

In the women's 400m hurdles, Robyn Brown snagged a bronze medal to duplicate her performance in 2019.

This time, she was a bit faster at 56.440, compared to her time of 58.46 in the 2019 Games.

She finished behind Vietnamese trackters Nguyễn Thị Huyền (56.410) and Quách Thị Lan (56.330)

Fil-Am William Morrison III settled for the bronze with a hurl of 50.44 meters in the men’s discus throw ruled by reigning champion Malaysian Irfan Bin Shamshuddin.