Kristina Knott failed to advance further into the Tokyo 2020 Olympics athletics tournament after clocking 23.80 seconds and finishing fifth and last in heat 7 of the women’s 200m run on Monday, August 2, at the Olympic Stadium.
Only the top three sprinters of each heat and the next three fastest from across the seven heats will see action in the 24-field semifinal.
Ranked world No. 113, Knott went up against No. 13 Jenna Prandini of the US, who topped the heat with a time of 22.56 seconds.
Gambia’s Gina Bass (22.74) and Australia’s Riley Day took the last two semifinal spots from the heat.
In the country’s hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, Knott impressed the Filipino crowd when she smashed the SEA Games record twice in one day in the women’s 200m event.
She currently holds the Philippine record of 23.01 seconds, which she set in the final.
Filipino-American Knott has been representing the Philippines since the 2018 Asian Games and has been competing in Olympic qualifying meets.
She qualified via the universality rule and battled COVID-19 after booking a ticket to the quadrennial meet. – Rappler.com