After shattering records in the past two years, sprinter Kristina Knott is out to rock Tokyo for the Philippines.
The Filipino track star just received confirmation for a place in the 2020 Summer Olympics next month. The World Athletics accepted her bid for a universality place as released Wednesday afternoon in the Philippines.
The 25-year-old joins fellow athletics star in pole vaulter EJ Obiena for the athletics competition taking place at the brand-new National Stadium. She will compete in the women’s 200 meters.
Knott recently boosted her stock in the said event with a win in the NACAC New Life Invitational in Miramar, Florida, USA with 23.27. She also follows up on her silver medal finish in Castiglione meet in Italy with her 23.19.
She is currently 94th in world rankings with 1141 points in the said event.
Knott, who owns two Southeast Asian Games medals, holds five Philippine records.
In 100m, she clocked 11.27 seconds in Des Moines, Iowa last August 30, 2020. Then in 200m, she logged a 23.01 during the 30th SEA Games.
Just last January, she clocked 7.26 seconds in the 60m in Fayetteville.
She also joins half-middleweight judoka Kiyomi Watanabe; golfer Juvic Pagunsan; weightlifters Hidilyn Diaz (minus-55 kg) and Elreen Ando (minus-64kg); boxing flyweight Carlo Paalam, middleweight Eumir Marcial, flyweight Irish Magno, and featherweight Nesthy Petecio; gymnast Caloy Yulo; finweight jin Kurt Barbosa; rower Cris Nievarez; skateboarder Margie Didal; and shooter Jayson Valdez in Team Pilipinas for the Games.