Cray misses out on men’s 400m hurdles final

Eric Cray of the Philippines failed to make the final of the men's 400m hurdles after finishing seventh in his semi-final race.

Cray could only manage a time of 49.37 in his semi with Kerron Clement of America and Boniface Mucheru Tumuti of Kenya grabbing the two automatic qualification positions.

If Cray had managed to advance, he would've become the first Filipino in the Olympic finals of the men’s 400m hurdles since the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, where Miguel White won a bronze medal.

In the other two semi-finals, Annsert Whyte of Jamaica, Javier Culson of Puerto Rico, Thomas Barr of Ireland and Haron Koech of Kenya secured the remaining automatic qualification spots.

Cray was confirmed as the 17th fastest over all three semis – nowhere near high enough to go through – and Yasmani Copello of Turkey and Rasmus Magi of Estonia took the last spots in the final as the two fastest losers.