Filipino Olympians: 5 facts to know about sprinter Kristina Knott

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Kristina Marie Knott from the Philippines celebrates after winning in the women's 200m athletics event at the SEA Games (Southeast Asian Games) at the athletics stadium in Clark, Capas, Tarlac province north of Manila on December 7, 2019. (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP) (Photo by TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images)
Filipino Olympian Kristina Knott is set to represent the Philippines in the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo by TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images)
  • 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.

Filipino sprinter Kristina Knott. (Photo: Philippine Sports Commission/Facebook)
Filipino sprinter Kristina Knott. (Photo: Philippine Sports Commission/Facebook)
  • The Filipina sprinter is set to compete in the women’s 200m, after booking a trip to Tokyo via universality places.

Southeast Asian Games - Athletics - New Clark Athletic Stadium, Capas, Philippines - December 7, 2019    Philippines' Knott Kristina Marie celebrates after winning the women's 200m final   REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
Filipino sprinter Kristina Knott. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
  • 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.

(L-R) Philippines' Kristina Marie Knott and Kazakhstan's Olga Safronova compete in a semi-final heat of the women's 200m athletics event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 28, 2018. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)
Filipino sprinter Kristina Knott in blue. (Photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)
  • 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.

Southeast Asian Games - Athletics - New Clark Athletic Stadium, Capas, Philippines - December 7, 2019    Philippines' Knott Kristina Marie celebrates after winning the women's 200m final   REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
Filipino sprinter Kristina Knott. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
  • 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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