By: Elena Grace Flores
Southeast Asian Games goldmedalist Eric Cray aims to bring the Philippines its first gold medal on his bid to make it to the finals of the 400m hurdles in his first ever Olympic stint at Rio de Janeiro. 49.40 seconds in the 400m hurdles during the 2015 SEA Games was a big win. The Fil-AM athlete is 27-year-old and was born in Olongapo City but grew up in the United States.
“Hopefully, I get a good Rio showing to I can make it to the finals. I feel real good,” Cray said after travelling 17 hours to Rio. Cray will only need to cope with the three-hour difference between time zones unlike other Filipino athletes who came from Philippines which is 13 hours ahead of Brazil.
“The trip was pretty long, and I’d be racing like 50 or 49 seconds,” he said. Cray said he was excited about a couple of other things — and they don’t include seeing the world’s “fastest man,” Usain Bolt. “I’ve seen him in a lot of meets. I’ve been used to it so it’s not gonna be too exciting for me. I’m not gonna be too excited to see him,” he said. “But definitely I want to see some NBA players.” The Filipinos are indeed proud of Cray who never forget his roots and it does not matter if he win or lose. He’s already a winner in the eyes of the Filipino majority who are composed of mixed bloods contrary to some racial discrimination comments via social media.