Kristina Knott is the second representative of the Philippines in the athletics competition at the Tokyo Olympics, bolstering the country’s medal bid alongside pole vaulter EJ Obiena.
The Filipina sprinter is set to compete in the women’s 200m, after booking a trip to Tokyo via universality places.
Knott’s run in the 30th Southeast Asian Games back in 2019 was nothing short of historic, as she broke the women's 200m Games record with a 23.01sec run. She also secured a total of two golds and two silvers at the Games.
She became a part of the Philippine national team in 2018, with the Asian Games in Jakarta serving as her international debut where she finished sixth with a time of 23.51sec.
She smashed Lydia de Vega-Mercado’s 33-year-old 100m national record, after clocking in 11.27sec at the 2020 Drake Blue Oval Showcase in Des Moines, Iowa, edging out the previous national mark of 11.28sec.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.
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