Eric Cray braces for tough defense of titles as 100 meters, 400-m hurdles set just an hour apart
Olympian Eric Cray vows to give everythig he's got to retain his titles. Jerome Ascano

FILIPINO-American sprinter Eric Shawn tries to retain the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles titles on on Tuesday in the athletics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the National Stadium inside the Kuala Lumpur Sports City.

Cray, a two-time Olympian, vowed that he will not surrender his crowns despite the very tight schedule, with the events to be held an hour apart.

His schedule begins at 3:10 p.m. with the start of the 100-meter heats followed by the 400-meter low hurdle preliminaries at 4 p.m.

If everything goes according to plan, Cray will be on the starting block in the finals of the 400 at 8:20 p.m. and the 100 at 9:40 p.m.

 “I’ll go for both. I’m not gonna hold and go out there to win the gold,” said Cray, who is facing a very good fight in the 100-meter run from a rising Malaysian sprinter.

American athletic consultant Eugene Rohsaan Griffin explained that “going from the longer race to the shorter race is not an issue. The issue is if Cray were to race in the 100 first before the 400 hurdles. That would be an issue.”

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