Kristina Knott breaks 200-meter run PH record

By Ivan Saldajeno

LOS BAÑOS (Updated as of 4:38 p.m.)—Kristina Knott shattered the Philippine record in the 200-meter run on Saturday while topping Heat 1 of the Southeast Asian Games 200-meter run event at the New Clark City Athletic Stadium in Capas.

Knott finished the heat in 23.07 seconds, bettering the previous record of 23.16 set by teammate Zion Corrales-Nelson during the US NCAA athletic competition earlier in the year.

Initially, Knott surpassed what seemed like the old record of 23.35 seconds set by Lydia De Vega-Mercado in 1986, but PATAFA chief Philip Juico clarified that Nelson already surpassed Mercado's time last April.

Knott also broke the old SEA Games record set in 2001, when Supavadee Khawpeag won the race in 23.3 seconds.

With Knott's finishing time, she is on track of breaching the 22.8-second qualifying time for next year's Tokyo Olympics. She will go for an Olympic berth in the final later Saturday.

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