MANILA, Philippines — Filipino-American sprinter Kristina Knott has ramped up her Tokyo Olympic bid as she snared a silver medal in the 93rd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at the University of Texas-Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin yesterday.
The 25-year-old Southeast Asian Games double gold medalist clocked 11.54 seconds to finish behind eventual winner Kiara Parker, who timed 11.20.
Her clocking, however, paled in comparison to the blistering 11.27 she registered in Des Moines, Iowa in August last year that erased the 33-year-old record of 11.28 set by legendary Lydia de Vega-Mercado in the 1987 Jakarta SEAG.
Knott is eyeing to qualify in both the 100m and 200m events by making the Olympic standard time of 11.15 and 22.80, respectively.
But she still has time to warm up and make the necessary adjustments as she is scheduled to see action in the USATF Sprint Summit on April 3 in Prairie View, Texas, the Miramar Invitational on April 10 in Florida and the Cardinal Meet set April 15 to 18 in Stanford.
Knott hopes to join pole vaulter EJ Obiena in the Philippine team to the Tokyo Games.
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