SINGAPORE — Eric Cray and Kayla Richardson swept the gold medals in the century dash of the 28th Southeast Asian Games in a glorious moment for Philippine athletics.
Cray won the men's 100-meter run with a time of 10.25 seconds, winning the gold by .2 of a second over Yaspi Boby of Indonesia in a thrilling race at the National Stadium.
Richardson, meanwhile, beat Tassaporn Wannakit of Thailand in a photo finish with a clocking of 11.76 seconds, winning the country's first gold medal in the women's 100m in 20 years.
The sprint double raised the Philippine athletics team's haul to three for the day following Caleb Stuart's victory in the hammer throw in the morning events.
The gold medals are one for the books.
Although no records are immediately available, the win of the 26-year-old Cray is believed to be the first for the Philippines in the men’s 100m run since the country started participating in the SEA Games in 1977.
On the other hand, the 17-year-old Richardson became the first Filipina gold medalist in the century dash since the great Elma Muros in the 1995 SEA Games in Chang Mai, Thailand.
“The gold medal in the men's and women's 100-meter dash is the crown jewel of Philippine athletics,” said Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association president Philip Ella Juico in a statement.
“We haven't had a winner in both events for quite a while. This victory means that the Philippines is truly back in the international athletics map."