Track Talk Tuesday 16.04.2020 Airnel Abarra Interviews Kristina Knott (KK)
Kristina Marie Knott’s 200-meter race to the Olympics
“My main goal at the SEA Games was qualifying for the Olympics. I was kind of bummed that I came up short. However, I still have time to qualify, God-willing”, shared Knott in an exclusive interview with FOX Sports PH.
“Competing in front of the home crowd at the SEA Games was a wonderful experience. It felt good hearing the crowd roar every time the stadium announcer said my name when I lined up for each race. It gave me an extra boost of confidence. That experience I will never get at any other international competition,” she narrated.
“My preparations to qualify for the Olympics is to compete. At this point, I am chasing after the standard and in order to hit the standard, I must be consistently competing. In between competitions, of course, I take care of my body and try to stay healthy through it all,” Knott explained.
My sibling inspire me to go after my dream of making the Olympics because I see them go after theirs,” she said.
Who is Kristina Knott? – 2019 Pinoyathletics Female Athlete of the Year Athletics
It was fitting that Kristina Knott (Philippines) who broke the treble of the SEA Games, SEA All-Time Record, and Filipino Record in the 200m Dash with a clocking of 23.01 heading towards the Olympic qualifier of 22.80 was named Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row by Pinoyathletics.info.
Knott finished ahead of Asian Championship Bronze medalist Natalie Uy in the Pole Vault. And Sarah Dequinan who was without a doubt the most improved female athlete of 2019 with an unexpected Gold in the women’s Heptathlon.
Women’s Athlete of the Year
- 2012 Marestella Torres
- 2013 Narcissa Atienza
- 2014 Zion Corrales-Nelson
- 2015 Kayla Richardson
- 2016 Marestella Sunang (nee. Torres) & Mary Joy Tabal
- 2017 Mary Joy Tabal
- 2018 Kristina Knott
- 2019 Kristina Knott
Female Athlete of the Year
Winner – Kristina Knott (Sprints)
2. Natalie Uy (Pole Vault)
3. Sarah Dequinan (Heptathlon)
Honorable Mention: Mary Joy Tabal, Kristine Hallasgo, Joida Gagnao
Kristina Marie Knott (Philippines) wins gold in the women’s 200M dash in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ
Knott the Record Anymore SEA Games 2019
Dec 7, 2019
Kristina Knott improved on her 23.07 clocking in the heats, with a dominant win in 23.01 in the finals. Starting in Lane 4 and cheered on by a crowd of around 4000 Spectators in contrast to the 400 that turned up in the morning heats. Knott pulled away 6 meters very clear of the curve. SEA Games Champion Le Tu Chinh of Vietnam was fighting to regain ground and closing but all in vain as Knott took the title by 3.5 meters.
Chinh wound up silver with 23.45 and 2015 Champion Shanti Pereira of Singapore took the bronze in 23.77.
Knott time of 23.01 was again a new SEA Games Record and new Philippine Record. It was just shy of the 22.80 required to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics next year. But she will have plenty of time to make that standard with the qualifying period until June 29. 2020.
The last Filipina to win the 200m at SEA Games was Elma Muros in 1995. Elma also is the last Filipin to win the 100/200 double also in that year. Lydia De Vega won 4 SEA Games women 200m titles and double 100/200 in 1987 and 1993. Kayla Richardson took silver in 2015 in the 200m.
Knott will compete in the 100m heats this morning.
*Note to Media the previous record of Zion Corrales Nelson was not 23.32 it was 23.16.
Knott the Record Anymore, Kristina Knott claims full ownership of 200m SEA, SEA Games, and National Record Unified.
Kristina Marie Knott sped to an impressive 23.07 time in the heats of the women’s 200m this morning in front of a crowd of around 500 people. Knott’s impressive time of 23.07, improved on her long-time personal best of 23.23 which was set in 2016.
Her time was a new SEA Record erasing the 23.27 mark of 4x SEA Games Champion Vu Thi Huong of Vietnam set in 2010.
A SEA Games Championship record erasing the previous mark of 23.30 held by Suphavadee Khapweag of Thailand in the 2001 SEA Games.
It also erased the 23.16 mark of Fil-Heritage athlete Zion Corrales-Nelson set earlier in the year set on the 25th of May 2019. Contrary to several major newspapers reports that Knott had broken the 33-year-old record of Lydia De Vega (23.35) from 1986. PATAFA ‘official’ website included the record of Zion Corrales-Nelson.
An impressive performance Knott
An impressive performance Knott will run in the finals at 5.50 pm tonight at New Clark City. She is also lined up in the 100m, 4×100, and maybe even the mixed-gender relays.
Knott has been coached the past few years by American Coach Rohsaan Griffin. The next goal being the Olympic qualifying standard of 22.80 for the 200m Dash.
Defending SEA Games Champion Le Tu Chinh of Vietnam took the second heat in 23.61, with 2015 SEA Games Champion Shanti Veronica Pereira of Singapore timing 23.94 also in heat 2. Knott has drawn lane 4 tonight with Pereira and Chinh in 5 and 6.
With the magnitude of this performance hopefully, this will be front-page news, and not tucked in by the section of Gilas last games in the newspapers. And I observed very few media there this morning as I watched the race. But hopefully, there will be a larger crowd tonight to support the athletics.
2019 June Philippine Athletics – 2019 Asian Grand Prix Round 2 (June 17) – Kristina Knott Clocks #3 All Time 100m Time PB
Knott (240) and Safronova Photo Credit: Asian Athletics
Kristina Knott took first a season-best at Gwangju in China at the Asian Grand Prix (June 4) with 11.62. Taking second behind Olga Safronova the Asian Champion in 100 and 200. Knott also beat SEA Games Champion Le Tu Chinh who placed third.
AGP – June 4
- Safronova (KAZ) 11.54
- Knott (PHI) 11.62
- Tu Chinh (VIE) 11.71
However, in the next leg, Knott clocked a new PB of 11.42 (+1.9). Again placing second Safronova.
Knott PB before representing the Philippines was 11.44 from 2016.
She had run 11.55 a the 2018 Asian Games where she finished 9th after acquiring a Filipino Passport.
*Please Note that Marks are only counted after the athlete has acquired Filipino Passport from the issue date onwards.
*There are Five Dual Citizens on the Top 10 Ranking
ASIAN GRAND PRIX, Chonqing, China, Women’s 100M
Its a pretty impressive field with Kristina Knott representing the Philippines. Knott has run 11.64 so far this year at the Phi Nationals.
The top contender here is Olga Safronova of Kazakhstan who is the Asian Champion in the 100 and 200.
Angie Lam On Ki of Hong Kong who recently won the 100m at the Taipei Open with a narrow 11.86 to 11.87 win over Kyla Richardson of the Philippines in difficult conditions will also be in the race.
Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Currently, he is coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.
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