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Cray pursuing Olympic bid

Six-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Eric Cray is pushing himself to make the Tokyo Olympic cut in the men’s 400-meter hurdles......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarApr 18th, 2021

Cray bags gold in Texas Tech tourney

Eric Cray came up with his season’s best over the weekend as he stayed on the hunt for an Olympic qualifying berth......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 5th, 2021

Hunt continues for Cray, Knott

Filipino-American aspirants Kristina Knott and Eric Cray will continue their hunt for Olympic qualifying slots within the next three weeks......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2021

Cray keen on clinching Olympic hurdles berth

The 32-year-old 2016 Rio Olympian clocked 51.6 seconds in the 400m hurdles and in copping a bronze medal in the 2021 Michael Johnson Invitational at the Baylor University’s Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium in Waco, Texas......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 18th, 2021

Cray& rsquo;s Olympic bid rests on 4 tourneys

Four indoor meets in the next two months will determine if Rio de Janiero Olympics veteran Eric Cray can qualify again for the Olympics......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 8th, 2021

Fil-Am sprinter hopeful of hitting Olympic standard

Rio Olympian Eric Cray resumes his pandemic-delayed Olympic quest as he targets to compete in a total of 19 competitions starting with the KMS Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama on Jan. 24......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 8th, 2021

Tokyo Olympics hopeful trackster Eric Cray springs back to action

The 31-year-old Cray told Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association president Philip Ella Juico on December 31 that he would be back with a vengeance after a slow 2020 and plans to see action in two to four indoor meets and 12 to 15 outdoor events leading up to the June 29 Olympic qualifying deadline for the sport......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 8th, 2021

6 karatekas seeking slots in Olympics

Six members of the national karate team are still pursuing their dreams of making it to the Tokyo Olympic......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 6th, 2020

Eric Cray stays in shape for possible Olympic berth

The 31-year-old Cray, who competed in Rio four years ago, has managed to stay in shape despite restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and should be on track at breaching the 400-meter hurdles Tokyo standard of 48.90 seconds......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 5th, 2020

ABAP backs Marcial all the way

There’s no turning back Olympic middleweight boxing qualifier Eumir Marcial from pursuing his dream of hitting paydirt in the Tokyo Games next year and ABAP secretary-general Ed Picson said yesterday the National Sports Association will continue to support the quest for gold unconditionally......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 15th, 2020

Olympic slot amoy na nina Knott, Cray

DALAWANG tsansa ang posibleng makapagtulak kay Fil-American sprinter Kristina Knott para makatuntong sa 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsMar 15th, 2020

64 Philippines bets chasing Olympic dreams

Amidst threat of cancellation of the Tokyo Games, around 60 Filipino athletes are pursuing their Olympic dreams......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 10th, 2020

EJ leads Patafa& rsquo;s Olympic drive

Five athletes of the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association, namely EJ Obiena, Eric Cray, William Morrison, Kristina Knott and Natalie Rose Uy are continuing their relentless pursuit of the first ever Olympic gold for the Philippines as they bravely brush aside the worldwide threat of the deadly Coronavirus. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2020

FIBA: Gilas Pilipinas on the lookout for automatic Olympic slot

The 2019 FIBA World Cup is a pivotal tournament for Gilas Pilipinas in a lot of ways. For one, it’s a chance for the national team to once again prove it belongs in the world stage. It’s the second consecutive appearance for Gilas Pilipinas in the World Championships. Five years ago they scored a breakthrough win. Now, the marching orders for Gilas is to advance to the next round. Second, the 2019 FIBA World Cup is the first, perhaps even the best, of multiple chances to book an elusive ticket to the Olympics. The Naismith Trophy is not the only prize at stake in the World Cup. The top finishers per continent will advance to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics regardless of final placing. For our side of the world, the no. 1 Asian team at the end of the World Championships, outside of Olympic host Japan, will get a spot in next year’s Summer Games. “Iniisip namin yun,” head coach Yeng Guiao said on the Olympic slot on the line in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. “It’s unlikely but just in case yung China hindi rin maka-pasok sa next round, then we have to compete for the next placing in Asia, baka maka-lusot tayo. That’s also at the back of their minds,” coach Yeng added. By virtue of being World Cup hosts, China got to pretty much pick its group. Naturally, the Chinese got into a bracket favorable to them, giving them a supposedly easier time to get into the next round and in effect, get a better finish. At full strength, China is still arguably the best true Asian team in the field and are the squad to beat for that Olympic spot. “As of now, very have very little control of that and tingin ko advantage na ang China dahil magaan ang grupo nila,” Guiao said. “But it is still an objective that’s worth pursuing,” coach Yeng added of the Olympic slot.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 28th, 2019

Klay Thompson adds meditation to his mental preparation

By Janie McCauley, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson craved a little calm. The Golden State guard needed something more to balance out his basketball routine, so he added meditation to help him get centered before games and better deal with the pressures of NBA life. Flip on some classical music or nature sounds and he’s ready to relax his mind. It takes consistent practice, just like that pretty jumper. [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] “I try to go 30 minutes,” said Thompson, who is joined for some sessions by bulldog bestie, Rocco. “It’s hard. It’s very hard. An hour would be nice, but you’ve got to work up to that.” Thompson is in a good place right now, going to a fifth straight NBA Finals and chasing a three-peat with the Golden State Warriors. Two-time reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant sat out injured for the entire Western Conference finals, leaving Thompson and Splash Brother Stephen Curry to take on an even greater load on both ends. Thompson heads into Game 1 at Toronto on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) averaging 19.1 points these playoffs, having scored 22.6 points per game in the five contests without Durant. Mental preparation off the court is a major reason Thompson no longer lets things fester or bring him down, such as a tough loss or bad outing. He has said that earlier in his career it was hard to let go after games. Now, he instead shrugs off a poor shooting performance with the simple notion of, “That’s the way the basketball gods can be.” Then, it’s back to work. Left off the All-NBA team? “Oh, I didn’t?” he replied when told he hadn’t made the cut. Thompson did allow himself a little eye roll in disbelief, before adding: “It is what it is. I can’t control it. Do I think there’s that many guards better than me in the league? No, but that’s the reason why we’re still playing. So, I don’t even want to get into it, honestly.” The more media shy, under-the-radar of Golden State’s sensational backcourt — Curry is a two-time MVP — a slumping Thompson once held his hand up near his face and uttered “I missed you” when he finally got on a roll again at Portland on Dec. 29 (Dec. 30, PHL time). He credits meditation in part for how far he has come in handling everything as he wraps up his eighth NBA season. Thompson added meditation and visualization into his routine the last couple of years. This is the typically stoic guard who plunged into the Pacific Ocean in Southern California before Game 4 of the first round against the Clippers following a performance that wasn’t up to his “standards.” He went out and scored 32 after that with six three-pointers, hitting his first seven shots. “The mind’s so powerful. Just try to train the mind to deal with adversity in situations that are unpleasant but make you better in the long run, that’s what I try to do,” Thompson said when asked how he got involved meditation. “Just a lot of reading on the internet and learning from coach (Steve) Kerr. Learned from Tony Robbins, too. It was cool talking to him last year. He had a great outlook on things. Just from veteran players. David West taught me a lot about that side of the game, the mental part.” Teammate Shaun Livingston can picture Thompson in a moment of complete serenity and peace — “100 percent, nothing would surprise me.” Dr. Michael Gervais, a high-performance psychologist who has worked closely with the Seattle Seahawks, NBA players, USA Volleyball and other Olympic athletes, applauds Thompson taking up meditation on his own. “So often we hold up world-leading athletes on a pedestal for their physical abilities, missing the deeper and extraordinary commitment they make toward pursuing their potential,” Gervais said. “There are only three things we can train as humans: our craft, our bodies, and our mind. World-class athletes don’t leave any of those up to chance — why should the rest of us?” When he had a couple of days off after the Warriors wrapped up the Western Conference finals, Thompson noted, “I wish it was sunny” before adding, “A little overcast, but it’s all good.” Sure is. Thompson found out in April he will have his college jersey retired by Washington State, too. “Klay is always someone who everybody sort of marvels at his life, the simplicity of his life. He just needs a basketball and his dog, and that’s it. And we all laugh about it,” Kerr said. “But Klay is a lot deeper than people realize, so it doesn’t surprise me that he’s meditating and he’s found ways to calm himself before games and keep himself going during the season.” The 29-year-old Thompson takes time the night before a game to think ahead. It doesn’t matter if he’s in the driveway or hanging out in his backyard with beloved Rocco — “just random,” he said. Sometimes he envisions each shot from a given spot on the floor that could present itself over the course of a game. “Andre Iguodala told me that Tiger Woods visualizes every single shot he shoots on 18 holes on the golf course, so if he can do that, that’s incredible,” Thompson said. “That’s so many golf swings. I try to do the same approach to basketball. I just try to visualize, get in my spots, what my opponent is going to do. Yeah, so when you come to the game, you’ve kind of seen it before.” He might go with some Mozart or Beethoven. “Try to put on classical Pandora or some nature sounds. Can’t listen to rap or hip-hop when I do it because then I just get distracted. Something pleasant in the background, it’s nice,” Thompson explained. “It’s a challenge. It’s much harder than working out. Especially for me, I’ve got like my mind racing. So it’s a good practice for me.” Kerr considers Thompson one of the most down-to-earth NBA superstars. “He’s a dream to coach. He’s zero maintenance,” Kerr said. “But he’ll surprise you with his depth. You may not think there’s a whole lot there, but there’s plenty there, he just sort of doesn’t let you in on it very often.” Thompson knows it’s not a perfect science to get his shot back on track after a poor outing. The meditation provides a focus. “I still will have bad days once in a while, but that’s just being human,” Thompson said. “It’s something I’ve incorporated in my routine for at least the past season, especially when I was going through that shooting slump. That really helped me. It’s just nice to manifest things. Kind of like speak into existence, just kind of think it into existence.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2019

PSA to fete country's top sports achievers next month

Top achievers of the year 2016 share center stage once as the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) honors them during its traditional Awards Night presented by MILO and San Miguel on Feb. 13 at the LE PAVILION in Pasay City. Hidilyn Diaz, who ended the country’s 20-year medal drought in the Olympics by winning a silver in weightlifting of the Rio De Janeiro Games, looms as the leading choice for the coveted Athlete of the Year award during the formal affair. Last year pro boxers Nonito Donaire Jr., and Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes along with golfer Miguel Tabuena were the joint recipients of the highest honor bestowed by the Philippines’ oldest media organization composed of editors and sportswriters from both the print and online portals. President Duterte has been invited to be the guest speaker of the night. President’s Award, Lifetime Achievement honor, Executive of the Year, National Sports Association of the Year, Mr. Basketball, Mr. Golf, Mr. Football, and Ms. Volleyball will also be handed out as part of the two-hour program backed by Smart, Foton, Mighty Sports, Philippine Basketball Association, ACCEL, Gold Toe, SM Prime Holdings Inc., Globalport, Rain or Shine, ICTSI, and MVPSF. Athletes who earned Olympic berths through qualifying tournaments are likewise to be cited, among them tracksters Eric Cray, Marestella Torres, and Mary Joy Tabal, weightlifter Nestor Colonia, Ian Lariba, boxers Roger Ladon and Charly Suarez, taekwondo jin Kirstie Alora, and golfer Miguel Tabuena. The PSA will also recognized major awardees in different sports and citations to various personalities and entities in the annual rite backed by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and Federal Land. Not to be missed out are the organizations recognition to young promising achievers such as the Tony Siddayao Awards and the Milo Male and Female Junior Athletes of the Year, as well as posthumous awards to those dearly departed friends of the local sportswriting community.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Worth a mention: Williams aiming for record 23rd major title

JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer   MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams definitely doesn't want to talk about the No. 23. She doesn't really want to think about planning a wedding, either, while she's pursuing a Grand Slam record. Newly engaged Williams brushed off concerns about the 88 unforced errors she had in a loss in New Zealand last week in her only warmup tournament ahead of the Australian Open, which starts Monday and where she's aiming for Open-era record 23rd major title. 'I've moved on,' she said. 'I'm feeling relaxed, calm, ready and poised.' Williams responded to questions about milestone achievements last year when she had 21 Grand Slam titles, and it didn't help — she lost the final here to Angelique Kerber and to Garbine Muguruza at the French Open before winning Wimbledon to equal Steffi Graf's Open era mark of 22. She's being more superstitious this time. 'I'm not talking about that,' Williams, a six-time Australian Open winner, said as she shut down questions during a promotional activity this week. 'I said I'm not talking about that. Move on.' Another Australian title is also high on the agenda for Novak Djokovic, who already has won six. But he isn't thinking much beyond his opening match after drawing Fernando Verdasco. A first is the priority for Andy Murray, recently knighted in Britain after finishing 2016 at No. 1. He is looking at the draw from the top for the first time at a major and is hoping it comes with a change in fortunes at Melbourne Park. He has lost five Australian Open finals — the first to Roger Federer in 2010, the other four to Djokovic. Federer could again stand in his way, only at the quarterfinal stage this time. The 17-time major winner slipped down the rankings during six months off last year recovering from an injured left knee and was seeded No. 17. Williams took time off after the U.S. Open, where she lost in the semifinals for the second year running and lost the top ranking to Kerber. The big news during her break was her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last month, when she posted a poem on the news website to confirm she'd accepted his proposal. After hitting this week with 16-year-old Destanee Aiava, who will be the first person born in the 2000s to play in the main draw of a major when she meets a qualifier in the first round, Williams said her mind was back entirely on business. 'I told (Ohanian) my main goal was to win this title,' she said. 'Yeah, it really doesn't feel like anything different.' No date has been set for the wedding, with Williams' mind on one major thing, so she's not thinking about a dress or a cake, and she's not wearing a ring to practice. 'Oh my God. I don't think about it really,' she said, responding to questions about her marriage plans. 'I'm just ... I don't know I'll have to ask him that. I have a job — I mean, he does too. I kinda gotta focus.' Kerber won the Australian and U.S. Open titles last year, so will be attempting to defend a major for the first time in Melbourne. She may be feeling pressure as the No. 1 seed, having won only one match in two warmup tournaments in Brisbane and Sydney. That doesn't take any pressure off Williams. 'I am No. 2, I guess. I definitely don't feel like anyone's saying that, 'Oh, there's no pressure on Serena,'' she said. 'It's always there, I'm used to it. 'I feel like I've been No. 1 for so long, so many times. I've done things that are amazing. Sometimes that ranking really means a lot, but also I feel like sometimes just winning events ... means just as much.' That's something Djokovic understands. His 122-week streak at No. 1 ended amid Murray's incredible finish to last season, when he won Wimbledon and defended the Olympic gold medal among eight titles he won after reuniting with Ivan Lendl as coach. Before then, Djokovic had beaten Murray in the Australian and French Open finals, his 11th and 12th major titles. Half of those have come in Melbourne, where his victory last year equaled the record six Australian titles Roy Emerson won (1961 and 1963-67). 'I'm feeling phenomenal,' Djokovic said after arriving in Australia following a win over Murray in his season-opening event at Doha. 'Maybe this is the year — 2017 for seven. I'm not a numerologist, but it sounds good.' Murray jumped on a flight almost immediately after last year's final to be with his wife, who was expecting their first child. There have been plenty of changes for him since, becoming a father for the first time, No. 1 in the world for the first time, and reuniting with Lendl. 'Each time I come, I think I've got a chance of winning but it's just never happened,' he said. 'Hopefully, this year will be different. 'I do think the last few months of last year can help me with giving me confidence — other players look at that and see you're playing well and (I) feel physically and mentally strong.' Fourth-seeded Stan Wawrinka, who ended the run of wins by Djokovic and Murray when he won the U.S. Open last September, said the next generation of players such as Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic and 2014 U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori would be among the contenders for the Australian title. But he thinks it will be difficult for any new champion to emerge against the likes of the in-form Murray and Djokovic, and the returning Federer and Rafael Nadal. 'So far, last 10 years, the 'Big Four' was really strong,' Wawrinka said, 'so it's going to be interesting to see this year how Novak, Andy, Rafa, and Roger will play.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

World Sports: Cray and Torres-Sunang exit Rio Olympic Games

PHILIPPINE athletics bets Eric Cray and Marestella Torres-Sunang saw their Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, came to an end yesterday after bowing out in their respective events......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 17th, 2016

Olympic road ends for Eric Cray in 400m hurdles semis

Olympic road ends for Eric Cray in 400m hurdles semis.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 17th, 2016

Elora last PH Olympic bet standing as Cray, Torres-Sunang fall

RIO DE JANEIRO – The Philippines suffered twin defeats in athletics Tuesday (Wednesday morning Manila time) with Eric Cray failing to get past the semis of t.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 17th, 2016

Cray misses finals of Olympic hurdles

Cray misses finals of Olympic hurdles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 17th, 2016