outbrain
Close  

Knott so fast: SEA Games golden run short of Olympic cutoff

/ 04:10 AM December 08, 2019

Filipina sprinter Kristina Marie Knott wins gold in the womens 200M run in athletics of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

NEW CLARK CITY—Kristina Knott will have to make the Olympic cut some other time.

For now, she prefers to bask in the adulation from her by new-found fans.

ADVERTISEMENT

“My debut was the Asian Games; nobody knew me back then,” said the dread-locked Filipino-American after ruling the women’s 200-meter Saturday night in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

How the times have changed, some literally.

FEATURED STORIES

Knott is well-known now, with some 10,000 fans inside the New Clark City track and field stadium cheering for her live.

And she responded by resetting the time records of the biennial meet.

Knott had already reset the SEA Games record (23.30 seconds) in the morning when she ran 23.07 seconds. The Olympic cut off was a bit faster at 22.8 seconds.

“My coach told me [before the final], ‘oh relax,’ so that’s what I did,” she said. “But at the end I sort of [relaxed too much] but it’s okay, I got the gold anyway I’m not mad.”

The 5-foot-5 Knott broke away in the final bend some 120 meters from the finish charging to the line to the beat of the hometown crowd rooting for her.

She improved on her morning time, clocking 23.01 seconds to win the gold over an outmatched field and breaking the biennial meet’s record a second time.

But because she left everyone behind too early, the University of Miami standout didn’t have a pacekeeper to keep her on track for the Tokyo Olympics qualifying time.

ADVERTISEMENT

Vietnam’s Le Thu Chinh settled for silver in 23.45, while Singapore’s Veronica Pereira got the bronze in 23.77.

Knott will next see action in the centerpiece 100m dash on Sunday.

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Kristina Knott, SEA Games 2019, Sports, sprint
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.