Trackster earns another gold for Philippines

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SEA-Games20131218Olongapo-born Eric Shawn Cray reigned supreme in the men’s 400-meter hurdles to deliver the country’s 13th gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.

Cray registered 51.29 seconds in beating silver medalist Andrian Andrian of Indonesia (51.74) and third placer Dao Xuan Cuong of Vietnam (51.79) on Tuesday at the Wunna Theikdi Stadium. Chanon Keanchan of Thailand holds the 400m hurdles record of 49.76 he submitted in the 1995 edition in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Another Filipino, Junrey Bano finished sixth with a 53.85-second showing.

The Philippines also pocketed a couple of silver medals from rowing and chess.

Veteran rowers Roque Abala Jr. and Alvin Amposta secured a silver medal in the men’s lightweight coxless pairs after checking in at 7:09.53 seconds. They are behind Indonesians Arief and Thomas Hallatu, who submitted 7:07.92 for the gold medal.


Thanh Binh Duong and Nguyen Dinh Huy of Vietnam settled for the bronze medal in 7:10.09.

In chess, John Paul Gomez placed second in the men’s individual rapid. Megaranto Susanto of Indonesia bagged the gold while Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam got the bronze.

In muay thai, Jonathan Polosan and Precious Ocaya marched into the semifinals without breaking a sweat. They are now assured of one bronze each.

Polosan earned an opening round bye and will face Van Dai Vo of Vietnam in the men’s 63.5 kg semifinals on Thursday. Ocaya, for her part, will be battling Souimah of Indonesia in the semifinals of the women’s 54 kg. on Wednesday. There are only four participants in Ocaya’s weight class.

The judo competitions will commence today at the Zayar Thiri Indoor Stadium with Southeast Asian Judo Championships gold medalists Ruth Dugaduga, Nancy Quillotes-Lucero, Helen Dawa, Kiyome Watanabe and Jenilou Mosqueda leading the team’s campaign.

“Theses five judokas have the brightest chances of winning [gold medals],” said head coach Rolan Llamas.

Other members of the team are Bryan Quillotes, Lloyd Dennis Catipon, Gilbert Ramirez and Angelo Gabriel Gumila.

So far, the Philippines has 13 golds, 19 silvers and 24 bronzes for seventh place (as of 4:30 p.m.).

Defending champion Thailand is pulling away with 62 golds, 50 silvers and 51 bronzes followed by Vietnam (45-38-47), Indonesia (42-55-55), host Myanmar (42-39-44), Malaysia (26-24-46) and Singapore (22-20-30).

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