Olympian Eric Shawn Cray to compete in Vietnam Open
Olympian Fil-Heritage trackster Eric Shawn Cray is in town from the United States to join the Philippine Athletics delegation that will compete in the Vietnam Open Athletics Championships in Ho Chi Minh City on July 24 to 28.
Cray, who almost failed to make it to the national track squad for failing to join the squad that will compete in the Korea Open months ago, has to satisfy the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) and its national coaching staff for his inclusion to the delegation that will compete in the quadrennial 18th Asian Games.
The other members of the track and field team to the Vietnam Open are Fil-Am sprinter Cristina Knot, Francis Medina, long jumper Janrey Ubas, decathlete Aries Toledo, hurdler Partick Ma. Unso, Cliinton Clark Bautista, Marco Vilog, shot putter Daniella Daynata and discus thrower Albert Mantua.
Three-time Olympian Marestella Torres-Sunang and triple jumper Mark Harry Diones begged off from competiting to avoid injury and from being scouted by Asian Games rivals.
Knot is also set to run in the PATAFA Weekly Relays and is expected to improve on her 11.92 seconds run in the 100m dash last week. Knot registered the sub-12 seconds mark in the century dash only a few hours after arriving from the United States. Knot is set to compete on both the century dash and here favorite 200m sprint in the weekly relay as part of her conditioning and training before competing in the Asiad.
Cray is expected to run in the PATAFA Weekly Relay as part of training and assessment being conducted by national coaches before competing in the Vietnam Open this week.
The Vietnam Open is the last athletics tournament for the Philippine athletics team before plunging into the Asian Games athletics competition set on August 25 up to 30 in Jakarta, Indonesia.