Kristina Knott

Knott breaks decades-old Lydia de Vega record in 100m

Delfin Dioquino
Knott breaks decades-old Lydia de Vega record in 100m

Kristina Marie Knott celebrate after getting the gold for the womens 200m. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Josh Albelda

Kristina Knott eclipses by a whisker the 100m dash record set by Lydia De Vega in 1987

Kristina Knott shattered the national 100m dash record held by Lydia de Vega for 33 years with a silver-medal finish in the Drake Blue Oval Showcase in Iowa on Sunday, August 30.

The national record holder in 200m, the Filipino-American Knott clocked in 11.27 seconds to eclipse by a whisker the 11.28 seconds mark set by De Vega in the 1987 Southeast Asian Games.

Knott finished behind American Kayla White, who had a time of 11.18 seconds.

What made her performance more impressive is the fact that Knott “had not raced enough,” Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association chief Philip Ella Juico said as relayed to him by her sprint coach Rohsaan Griffin.

As the coronavirus pandemic limited athletics events, Knott has been training under a hybrid skills and strength and conditioning program conducted online since August.

Juico said he is “hopeful” that Knott will qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in the 100m and 200m events with a year left before the Games.

Knott is .12 seconds behind the Olympic qualifying time in the 100m and .21 seconds behind in the 200m. (PODCAST: Targeting Tokyo: Kristina Knott)

Other Filipino bets vying for an Olympic berth are Eric Cray, William Morrison, Natalie Uy, and Christine Hallasgo. –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.