Hunt continues for Cray, Knott

posted April 19, 2021 at 07:55 pm
by  Peter Atencio
Filipino-American aspirants Kristina Knott and Eric Cray will continue their hunt for Olympic qualifying slots within the next three weeks.

Hunt continues for Cray, Knott
(Left) Eric Cray and (right) Kristina Knott
After seeing action two weeks ago in another star-studded race in the meet, Knott will now prepare for a bigger event this May.

The 25-year-old Knott will fly to Europe to be in the Meeting International Citta Di Savona on  May 13.

The Meeting International Citta Di Savona is the first scheduled European outdoor meet this summer and the best athletes in the region are expected to join.

On the other hand, Cray, who just join the  Michael Johnson Invitational the other day, will be in his next campaign on April 22 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The 32-year-old Cray, who will try to hit the  Olympic time in nine more events, will next go to the Don Kirby Tailwind Open.

At the MJ  invitationals in Waco, Texas, Cray in clocked in at 51.61 seconds for third place in the men’s 400-meter hurdles  behind Moitalel Mpoke, who topped the event in 50.53 seconds and Pablo Ibanez, who placed second in  51.32 seconds.

Cray’s time is off the Olympic qualifying standard of 48.90 seconds and his own Philippine national mark of 48.98 secs.

Two years ago, Cray took the 2019 SEA Games gold in 50.21 seconds.

Two weeks ago, Knott, a double gold medallist in the SEA Games,  continued to show a consistent time in the 11.3-second range, when she clocked 11.35 seconds in the women’s 100-meter dash during the  Miramar Invitationals.

Knott, who placed fourth in the heat and seventh in the finals, ran against an elite field, which included Sha’Carri Richardson, a 21-year-old track star from the Louisiana State University.

After the race, Richardson distinguished herself with her gold-winning feat of 10.72 seconds, which went past the Olympic qualification standard  of  11.15 seconds.

Second placer Javianne Oliver, who is from the University of Kentucky, also achieved personal bests in the heat at 11.05 seconds and 11.07 seconds to bag the silver, and also breach the Olympic qualifying mark.

Jamaican sprinter Natalla Whyte settled for the bronze, also with her season’s best 11.6 seconds. 

Topics: Kristina Knott , Eric Cray , Olympic qualifying slots , 2021 Miramar Invitational Athletics
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