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Cray eyes payback after losing 100-m crown

KUALA LUMPUR – Eric Shawn Cray was smiling meekly just moments after the men’s 100-meter race late Tuesday night, trying to mask the physical and emotional pain of losing the title of being Southeast Asia’s fastest man to hometown favorite Khairul Hafiz Jantan.

“Oh yeah, I was definitely tired,” said Cray, who entered the century dash handicapped by having raced the men’s 400-meter hurdles finals barely over an hour before, narrowly retaining his title by holding off Vietnamese upstart Quach Cong Lich.

Eric Cray during the preliminary heat of the men's 400-meter hurdles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. Pool photo
Still, the Rio Olympic Games veteran wouldn’t back down in his duel with Jantan, who had 20,000 cheering Malaysians supporting him at the massive 87,000-capacity National Stadium inside the KL Sports City.

They were neck-and-neck until the last two meters before the Malaysian surged a step ahead, stumbling after crossing the tape to rule the blue-ribbon event in 10.38 seconds, much to the delight of the Malaysian gallery.

“I gave it all I had but he (Jantan) ran a good race,” said the Filipino-American sprinter, who was gracious in defeat after taking the silver in 10.43 seconds, relegating Thai Kritsada Namsuwun to the bronze in a photo-finish.

Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/08/23/17/sea-games-cray-eyes-payback-after-losing-100-m-crown

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