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Pinoys firm up hold on SEAG 3rd spot



Photograph by Rio deluvio for The Daily Tribune @tribunephl_rio Winning moment Eric Cray shows the form that bagged for him the men’s 400 meters hurdles event in the Vietnam Southeast Asian Games at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi.

HANOI, Vietnam — It was a lean day for defending champion Philippines on Tuesday but the day’s campaign was made memorable by Filipino-American Eric Cray, who raced to his fourth straight 400-meter hurdles gold in the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) at My Dinh Stadium.

On a day when billiards made a rousing introduction in the medal table courtesy of Rubilen Amit in the 9-ball and Muay unveiled a surprise package in the tandem of Richelin Yosorez and Eric Bomogao in the Waikru Mai event, it was Cray’s scintillating showing that highlighted the day’s production.

Cray’s triumph, Amit’s brilliance on the table and Muay’s stunner kept the Philippines at third place in the leaderboard with a tally of 33-35-45.

Host Vietnam is on its way to winning the overall title as it continues to collect gold medals as though they were being given away for free.

As of 7 p.m. (Manila time), Vietnam was on top with a 92-59-60 count while Thailand is a far second with a 36-38-61 tally.

In the end, Cray was thankful and grateful for the chance to compete for the Philippines again after all that had happened to him during the Covid pandemic.

“It was a blessing. I have to thank God I was able to make it to this meet,” Cray said, the Philippine flag draped on his shoulders as he spoke with two Manila-based scribes at the sidelines narrating his latest conquest.

Cray will attempt to bag another gold in the 100-meter event on Wednesday assuming he gets the green light from his team after revealing that he raced feeling pain in his hamstring and sciatic nerve.

Amit started strong by taking the first three racks but she encountered rough sailing and managed to weather the storm en route to a 7-2 beatdown of Singapore Jessica Tan at the Ha Dong Gymnasium for the country’s first top finish of the day.