CAPAS, TARLAC — Just hours after setting the Southeast Asian Games record earlier, Kristina Knott was at it again in the finals.
The 24-year-old Filipino-American finished the 200m finals with a time of 23.01 seconds — 0.02 seconds faster than her performance during the heats.
But breaking records was not the goal of the University of Miami product.
“I was praying to be relaxed. During the first ninety-five percent of the race, I was like that, but lost it in the last five,” she said.
Knott was a head above the rest, with Vietnam’s Tu Ching Le and Singapore’s Veronica Shanti the distant second and third-placers. Tu had a time of 23.45, while Shanti clocked at 23.77.
Still, Knott’s time was far from the Olympic mark of 22.8s. Fortunately, she still has six months to achieve that feat.
“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,” she said.
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