Amazing Kristina Knott targets Tokyo 2021

Kristina Knott

Kristina Knott targets 100 and 200m at 2021 Tokyo Olympics

Kristina Knott will aim for both the 100m and 200m at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

The 100m standard is 11.15. Knott best in that event is 11.27

.And in the 200m, the standard is 22.80. She ran 23.01 at the SEA Games last December.

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics’ qualifying period is 1 May 2019 to 5 April 2020 and from 1 December 2020 to 29 June 2021.

For the Olympics, I was just focused on trying to hit the qualifying standard for the 200.

But right now, I see my potential, so I am going to strive to hit both the 100 and 200 for the Olympics,” explained Knott, the 25-year-old champion who grew up in the United States with her Filipino mother from Imus, Cavite.


In Iowa, I was initially supposed to run 200 meters but there is a miscommunication with the person hosting the meet.

So I ended up running at 100.

I didn’t really have high expectations going into the run so I was really shocked to break the record and run that fast.

I was excited. I just want to handle my business,” she recalled.


I try to join as many tournaments as possible here.

It’s more convenient because I don’t have to travel.

If competitions popped up in the US and If I’m capable and able to run, i will be running.

Competing with people that are faster than me is what gonna help me to qualify for the Olympics,” explained Knott.


The qualifying time is 11.15 in 100m and 22.80 in 200m.

Right now I’m not too far off from them but then again, they all comes down to as many quality competitions that I get in.”


The biggest thing that kinda ruined (by COVID-19) was the competitions.

Competing is a big part of my training, and I’m not really train to the ground over and over.

I need as much competitions I need to get me ready for those big competitions.

I’m think the cancellation of these big competitions kind of was a challenging part of pandemic.”

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Kristina Knott retains the Female Athlete of the Year award in a very low key 2020.

Kristina Knott retains the Female Athlete of the Year award in a very low key 2020.
Being a low-key year for COVID, it certainly was not a Low Key Year for Knott, who, despite all the obstacles, was able to continue with her training and reap the benefits.
Kristina Marie Knott, just like Ernest Obiena, made it 3 for 3 with Pinoyathletics renewing her Athlete of the Year award for the third straight year.
Knott in 2020 broke Lydia De Vega’s 33-year-old National and southeast Asian Record with a run of 11.27 seconds.
She needs times of 11.15 and 22.80 to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

Women’s Athlete of the Year

Kristina Knott erases Lydia De Vega 100m Record (video)

Aug 30, 2020

Des Moines, Iowa


Kristina Marie Knott the SEA Games 200m Champion and Record Holder. Erased a record that was set before she was born.

1987 100m Record of 11.28 seconds, Lydia De Vega set at the Jakarta SEA Games.

At the Drake Blue Oval Showcase Meet at Iowa, due to COVID restrictions, athletes ran 1 lane apart.

Knott started in Lane 2, with Bartoletti in Lane 4, and Kayla White in Lane 6.

And in doing so, the 25-year-old Knott set a new SEA Record and Philippine National Record with a time of 11.27 seconds (+1.5 m/s).

Although June to November 30 is a nonqualifying period.

Knott’s fine form was just outside the Olympic 100m Qualifier of 11.15, which bodes well for her campaign to qualify in the 200m at the Olympic Games, needing 22.80.

Knott led the first 30 – 40m before Kayla White drew level and then held off Knott to win the race 11.18 seconds.

It was a three women race with Knott batting well above her league, surprisingly beating Olympic Long Jump Champion Tianna Bartoletta in the process.  

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2020 Gets Faster and Faster

Knott had opened 2020 with an 11.51 time in Georgia, which was faster than her 11.56 Silver at the 2019 SEA Games behind Vietnam’s Le Tu Chinh. 

Before running the Blue Oval Showcase, her Personal best was 11.42, which ranked her #3 behind Lydia De Vega 11.28 and Zion Corrales-Nelson 11.41.

Yes i knew she was ready to run fast she ran 16.8 in a 150 last week and knew she was ready.

I had prepped her for the 200 but we will take a National record and PB any day when you are ready to run fast you are ready to run !!!

Thanks for the support !!

said her coach Rohsaan who has been helping Knott the last couple of years.

The Time also catapulted Knott to the #1 Spot in the 2020 Asian Ranking Lists ahead of Man Qi of China.

She is ranked top #25 in the world for 2020 in the 100m Dash.

Knott had broken the Phi and SEA Games Record in the 200m with 23.07 and 23.01 at the 2019 SEA Games.

The only remaining Philippine Record of Lydia De Vega is the National Junior Record in the 200m, 23.54, set in 1981.

Lydia De Vega at one stage held the National and National junior records in the 100-200-400m Runs. 

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Special Thanks to Knott’s coach Rohsaan Griffin for providing information on this meet.


11.51 Season Opener

Kristina Marie Knott had her first race of the year at Jacksonville, Florida, clocking 11.51 (0.3) and 11.52 (1.4) in heats and finals of the 100m at the JAC Final Countdown.

Knott was just .09 off her PB and .04 faster than her silver medal time at the 2019 SEA Games.

In what was pretty much a solo race, Knott was nearly a second clear of the next person in the race that clocked in at 12.50.

Kristina Knott

Kristina Knott

*Results Provided by Coach Rohsaan Griffin

This puts Knott in the lead in the 2020 SEA Rankings. 

Her key rival Le Tu Chinh of Vietnam, who narrowly held off Knott for the SEA Games 100m Title, clocked 11.55 and 23.94 at the Speedy Cup in June.

Knott also clocked 23.21 in the 200m, just .2 away from her SEA Games Record. The race featured a strong 3.8 tailwind.

Which she won by nearly 2 seconds.

Kristina Knott

August 1, 2020

SEA Games 200m Champion and Record Holder Kristina Knott amid the Covid-Epidemic with an 11.75 run into a strong -2.3 headwind.

Knott won her race at the Evolution Track League Meet 2 at Shoalwater Field, Winter Park.

Running in NEW NORMAL Covid conditions with athletes a lane apart. Knott pretty much ran solo, leaving the second placer in the race more than a second behind.

Knott came back to win the 200m as well in 25.18 again into a strong -1.8 headwind.

Results Here

Track Talk Tuesday 16.04.2020 Airnel Abarra Interviews Kristina Knott (KK)

Kristina Marie Knott’s 200-meter race to the Olympics

Capas, Tarlac

Kristina Knott
Kristina Knott (Philippines)

“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.

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Note no such rule. Once one athlete qualifies (EJ Obiena), they all have to.

Kristina Knott is considered a strong aspirant for an Olympic spot after her record-shattering feat in the women’s 200 meters in the recent Southeast Asian Games, with that effort positioning the Filipino-American sprinter closer to the cutoff of the qualifying ranking for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has exclusively limited the number of Olympic qualifiers for the top 56 sprinters globally, and Knott. However, she ranks 75th overall in the event, has a high probability of getting in.

Rule on multiple players per nation gives Kristina Knott a chance.

By: June Navarro – Reporter / @junavINQ
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:10 AM January 09, 2020

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Phil. Kristina Marie Knott wins Gold in the womens 200M run. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

Kristina Knott is considered a strong aspirant for an Olympic spot after her record-shattering feat in the women’s 200 meters in the recent Southeast Asian Games, with that effort positioning the Filipino-American sprinter closer to the cutoff of the qualifying ranking for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has exclusively limited the number of Olympic qualifiers for the top 56 sprinters globally and Knott. However, she ranks 75th overall in the event, has a high probability of getting in.

A slew of American and Jamaican sprinters precede Knott in the world athletics rankings, giving the latter a big chance of joining pole vaulter EJ Obiena in Tokyo on July 24-Aug. 9 since the IAAF allows only three qualifiers for each event from the same country.

Based on the World Athletics website, 39 Americans and seven Jamaicans have posted faster than Knott’s 23.01-second mark.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas has the fastest clocking of 21.74 seconds in the world for the women’s 200 meters, just a split second faster than Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain (21.88) and Elaine Thompson of Jamaica (22 seconds).

In the women’s 100 meters, 40 American sprinters are faster than Knott, ranked 92nd in the world. This also gives her a mathematical chance of snaring an Olympic berth in the century dash apart from the 200 meters.

Who is Kristina Knott? – 2019 Pinoyathletics Female Athlete of the Year Athletics finalizes our naming of the Top 4 Athletes of the Year in Athletics.

Men Ernest Obiena, Junior Men Alhyran Labita, Junior Women Daniela Quintero

It was fitting that Kristina Knott (Philippines), who broke the treble of the SEA Games, SEA 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

Knott finished ahead of Asian Championship Bronze medalist Natalie Uy in the Pole Vault.

And Sarah Dequinan 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


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 Knott

 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 in 2015 Champion Shanti Pereira of Singapore took the bronze in 23.77.

Knott’s time of 23.01 was again a new SEA Games Record and a 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 Filipina 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.

Kristina Knott
Photo Credit ESPN

Kristina Knott

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, 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 newspaper reports, Knott had broken the 33-year-old record of Lydia De Vega (23.35) from 1986. PATAFA’s’ official’ website included the record of Zion Corrales-Nelson.

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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.

24.08.19 Melinda Meet Italy

Apologies for the lack of updates as I have just moved house. Italy Siena Results. Melinda Meet Aug 24

Kristina Knott 11.97 -0.2 100
Eloiza Luzon DNS -0.2 100
Anfernee Lopena DNS 100
Robyn Brown 59.32 400m

*NB Lopena and Luzon were in results but did not join the trip to Italy.


2019 June Philippine Athletics – 2019 Asian Grand Prix Round 2 (June 17) – Kristina Knott Clocks #3 All-Time 100m Time PB

June 29

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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

  1. Safronova (KAZ) 11.54
  2. Knott (PHI) 11.62
  3. Tu Chinh (VIE) 11.71

However, in the next leg, Knott clocked a new PB  of 11.42 (+1.9). Again placing second Safronova.

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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.

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*Please Note that Marks are only counted after the athlete has acquired Filipino Passport from the issue.

*There are Five Dual Citizens on the Top 10 Ranking

This now creates an exciting Scenario with ZionCN and Knott ranked 1-2 in South East Asia, 11.41 and 11.42, and below the SEA Games Gold Mark of 11.56.

ASIAN GRAND PRIX, Chonqing, China, Women’s 100M

It’s a pretty impressive field with Kristina Knott representing the Philippines. Kristina Knott has run 11.64 so far this year at the Phi Nationals.

The top contender here is Olga Safronova of Kazakhstan, the Asian Champion in the 100 and 200.

2017 SEA Games Champion Le Tú Chinh of Vietnam and Asian Finalist Supawan Thipat of Thailand will provide some more southeast Asian flavor to the event.

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.

Asian Grand Prix Athletics 2019

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