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Knott breaks own PH, SEA Games record to win 200-meter run gold

By Ivan Saldajeno

LOS BAÑOS—Regardless of who previously owned the Philippine 200-meter run record, Kristina Knott made sure that her time is now.

Knott broke her own national record in the said dash to win the Southeast Asian Games gold on Saturday night at the New Clark City Athletic Center in Capas.

Knott won the final with the time of 23.01 seconds, bettering her previous record of 23.07 seconds that she set earlier in the day during Heat 1.

Knott, a product of the University of Miami, twice broke the previous national 
record set by fellow US NCAA competitor Zion Corrales-Nelson last April, which was at 23.16 seconds.

Nelson originally shattered the 33-year-old national record of 23.35 seconds set by Lydia De Vega-Mercado. PATAFA chief Philip Juico said that Nelson's feat was already recognized but was apparently overlooked by many until Knott's new record.

In the process, Knott also twice reset the SEA Games record once held by Thailand's Supavadee Khawpaeg at 23.3 seconds in 2001.

Le Tu Chinh of Vietnam won the silver with the time of 23.45 seconds, while Veronica Pereira of Indonesia took home the bronze with the time of 23.77 seconds.

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