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'Tokyo heat' factored in Kristina Knott's early exit says her team

Kristina Knott played through the hot Tokyo morning weather during her 200-meter run. Times of SEA (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--If two members of Kristina Knott's team in the Tokyo Olympics are to believed, the heat was literally on for her.

Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association communications director Edward Kho and Knott's coach Rohsaan Griffin said on Monday that the hot temperature at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium played a factor in her struggles in her Olympic debut.

Griffin even said that it was just one of several concerns Knott had to shake off ahead of their 200-meter run, which took place just before noontime local time.

"This is her first Olympic Games. She could have been battling a lot of things. It could have been the extreme heat. It could have been nerves," Griffin said.

Kho further bared that Knott was not 100 percent during the race.

“She suffered heat exhaustion. Nag-stay muna after the race sa medical station sa stadium for about an hour. Rehydrated. She felt ill even before the gunstart. After crossing the finish line she was vomiting and dazed,” he said.

Kho then thanked everyone who prayed for Knott to get a quick recovery.

“Thanks for the prayers of support. She is resting in her room now,” added Kho.

Knott clocked in at 23.8 seconds during her stint in the preliminaries, good for fifth place in Heat 7 and 37th overall.

She missed out on making the semifinals, which will take place later Monday.

Griffin clarified that despite the situation his prized student faced during the race, there was no excuses about her sluggish performance.

"I'm not trying to pinpoint an excuse, or give a set of answers. It was an awful performance. It wasn't what we expected," Griffin said.

However, he added that there is no reason for her fans to fret about her struggles in her Olympic debut.

"People need to realize this is the world stage," Griffin further said.

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