RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (The Adobo Chronicles, Sao Paolo Bureau) – The Philippine team at the 2016 Rio Olympics wouldn’t just settle for a silver medal — won by weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz. They had to bring home gold.
Shortly after failing to qualify for the finals in the men’s 400 meter hurdles, Eric Cray, along with his Filipino Olympic teammates, headed to downtown Rio for some last-minute shopping before their schecduled trip back to Manila.
Cray bought a 24-karat gold cross pendant and necklace as a souvenir from Rio. Others in the team bought gold bracelets and wrist watches.
They came back to the Olympic village happy and ecstatic for the great bargain they found in Rio.
Cray, 27, failed to qualify for the final after coming up 7th of 8 competitors in the first semifinal heat with a time of 49.37 seconds. His personal best time is 48.98 seconds. Only the top two finishers from each semifinal heat will advance to the final along with the next two fastest runners.
Cray’s final rank is 17th in a total field of 24.