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    Eric Cray admits false-start slip-up gave him anxious moments

    Dec 10, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    NEW CLARK CITY – Eric Cray admitted getting a bit bothered when the initial starting gun in the final of the men’s 400-meter hurdles of the 30th Southeast Asian Games was declared a false start.

    It reminded him of one unfortunate incident just a few days ago.

    “You know what, deep inside me I was yelling, ‘That wasn’t me!’ So when I heard the shotgun, I was like, ‘Jesus! It could not be me,’” said Cray after winning his pet event for the fourth straight time in the biennial meet.

    The 31-year-old Cray was referring to his disqualification in the men’s 100-meter event after two false starts in the qualifying heats.

    But good thing, Thai runner Thanawit Prasertsab was the one called for the false start.

    “So I just refocused,” added Cray.

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      And he did, winning the race with a time of 50.21 seconds for the gold, his second in this Games after anchoring the 4x100 mixed relay team earlier.

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      Cray did admit it was hard to be disqualified in the 100-meter sprint, an event which he won during the 2015 Singapore Games.

      “Man, I came to compete,” he said.

      But he hinted of going through some bumps in his athletic career at the moment.

      “There are a lot bad times, haven’t been running so good, so I’ve been really down on myself,” said the Fil-Am hurdler.

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      Good thing there was his wife to support him all the way.

      “My wife, she coached me, she gave me some love and bringing back some of the excitement that I need,” said Cray.

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