SEA Games: Olympian Eric Cray disqualified after false start in prelims

Karl Cedrick Basco, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 08 2019 10:46 AM | Updated as of Dec 08 2019 10:48 AM

Filipino sprinter Eric Cray is left at the side of the track after getting disqualified in men's 100 meter run at the athletics stadium of the New Clark City Sunday. Czar Dancel, ABS-CBN News

NEW CLARK CITY -- Potential gold medal winner Eric Cray missed the chance of redeeming the top podium in the century dash of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games after being disqualified due to false start in the event Sunday Morning.

Taken by Karl Cedrick Basco

Cray, who is a former gold medalist in the event, was adjudged out of the competition after moving ahead of the gun start twice in Heat 1 at the Athletic Stadium.

It appeared that Cray did not hear the gun signal due to the noise from the crowd. He declined to be interviewed as of press time.

Taken by Karl Cedrick Basco

Meanwhile, Filipino sprinter Anfernee Lopena saved the day for the country as he placed second in Heat 2 to qualify for the finals. He timed 10.61 behind Lac bandit Chuangchai of Thailand (10.50).

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