Filipino sprinter Kristina Knott has officially qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, becoming the 15th member of the Philippine national delegation to the quadrennial summer games in July.
Knott made it to the Olympics scheduled in Japan after being awarded a universality place in the women’s 200-meter from the World Athletics.
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) announced on June 23, 2021, that Knott is the latest national athlete to have qualified for the games.
“Congratulations Kristina Knott for qualifying to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games! That makes it 15 athletes for Team Philippines bound for Tokyo!” the PSC announced.
The Filipino-American track star has become one of the country’s best prospects of winning a gold medal in the upcoming Tokyo Games after smashing the 33-year-old Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) record in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash set by sprint queen Lydia de Vega.
The 25-year-old Knott strengthened her bid to nail a slot in the Tokyo Olympics by bagging the Louisiana State University (LSU) bronze and winning two silver medals in the International Athletic Meeting of the City of Castiglione della Pescaia.
Knott joins the growing list of fellow Filipino Olympians which include the Philippines’ first representative to the Tokyo Olympics in Judo, Kiyomi Watanabe, golfer Juvic Pagunsan, Filipino shooter Jayson Valdez, boxers Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam, Irish Magno and Eumir Felix Marcial, pole vaulter EJ Obiena, gymnast Carlos Yulo, skateboarder Margielyn Didal, taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa, rower Cris Nievarez and weightlifters Hidilyn Diaz and Elreen Ando.
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