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Kristina Knott Set New Philippine Record on Women 100 Meters Event

Kristina Marie Knott breaks the 33 years old record of Lydia De Vega for the women's 100 meters dash event at the 2020 Drake Blue Oval Showcase in Iowa held on August 30, 2020.

Kristina Knott Philippine Women 100 Meters
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It can be recalled that De Vega has a record of 11.28-seconds at the 1987 Southeast Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 1987.

The Filipino American track and field athlete eclipsed the record after clocking in with 11.27 seconds after finishing in second place behind Kayla White of the United States who took off a season best 11.18 seconds.

Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) chief Philip Ella Juico said that the newly set record is also the best in the Asian level so far.

"It's truly a great achievement and validates all the time, effort and resources we have devoted to this mission," - the PATAFA chief added.

Knott is already the Philippine record holder of the 200 meters event after she finished the race at 23.07 seconds at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. This record also broke the Southeast Asan Games record which was set in 2001 which clocked n at 23.30 seconds by the Thailander Supavadee Khawpeag.

Knott is aiming to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics which was scheduled to be held on July 2021.