SEA Games: Hail to PH’s new sprint queen, as Kristina Knott wins gold

Karl Cedrick Basco, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 07 2019 06:24 PM | Updated as of Dec 07 2019 11:12 PM

Kristina Knott of the Philippines won the gold medal in the SEA Games women's 200-meter run on Saturday in record fashion. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Kristina Knott of the Philippines won the gold medal in the SEA Games women's 200-meter run on Saturday in record fashion. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

NEW CLARK CITY—If Kristina Knott hopes to succeed Lydia de Vega as Asia's fastest woman, the Filipina sprinter sure showed on Saturday that she's well on her way.

Knott won the gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games women's 200-meter run at the Athletics Stadium here in Capas town, Tarlac, a result that capped a day in which she simultaneously broke the Games and Philippine records twice.

She clocked 23.01 seconds to top the final.

During the heats, Knott set a time of 23.07 seconds, which bested the mark of 23.16 seconds established earlier this year by fellow US-based Filipina sprinter Zion Rose Corrales-Nelson.

"My coach told me to relax and be calm but I wasn't able to do it. But it's OK, I got the gold. I'm not mad," Knott said.

Knott said she remains hopeful she can still barge into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with several months left to meet the standard time of 22.80 seconds.

"I have until June to make it. It's less than a year but I'm going back to training after this. Hopefully, I can train somewhere magnificent," Knott added.

According to her coach, Rohsaan Griffin, they had aimed to meet the Olympic qualifying time in these Games.

"We prepared for it. That's all I've been focusing on the entire year. We wanted to get the Olympic standard, we fell kinda short, but let's see if how she gets, since she's capable of getting it," Griffin said.

Vietnam's Le Tu Chinh (23.45) won the silver and Singapore's Veronica Pereira Shanti (23.77) and earned the bronze.

The winning time in the 2018 Asian Games was 22.96 seconds set by Edidiong Odiong of Bahrain.

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