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Making it to Tokyo is first and foremost in Knott’s mind

KRISTINA Knott is focused on qualifying in the 100 and 200 meters races in the coronavirus-delayed Tokyo Olympics next year.

“Looking at the lay of the land and the opportunities that present themselves, 11.27 in 100 puts her on track to go below the 22.80 Olympic qualifying standard for the 200,” said PATAFA president Philip Ella Juico.

“On top of that, Kristina is well within reach of the 11.15 mark for the 100 since Kristina is .09 (second) from the Olympic qualifying time in the 200 and .12 in the 100,” he added.

The 24-year old Knott has a strong chance of qualifying on both sprint events especially after the Southeast Asian Games double-gold medalist clocked 11.27 seconds in Des Moines, Iowa and shattered the 33-year-old Philippine record of 11.28 set by legendary Lydia de Vega-Mercado in the 1987 Jakarta SEA Games.

Knott, who also owns the 200-meter national mark, is currently training under coach Rohsaan Griffin and trainer Catlo Buzzicelli.

“According to her coach (Griffin), Kristina had not raced enough. But despite the lack of competitive races, PATAFA embarked on a hybrid skills and strength and conditioning program done online,” said Juico.

Knott actually has plans to enter in the 200-meter in Des Moines but she was not given the chance because the event is loaded with talent or runners with sub-23 second clocking.

“That world-class field is by the way the type of competition we hope she regularly joins. And despite the lack of competition, she has not peaked yet and can definitely improve with more races,” said Juico.

Definitely, things are looking bright for Knott, who is a product of University of Miami.

“I am hopeful that with almost a year from Tokyo, the increasing number of competitions, the well coordinated approach of his trainer and coach, her single-minded determination and the forthcoming additional support from the PSC and PATAFA,” said Juico.