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    Kristina Knott breaks Lydia de Vega's long-standing 100-m PH record

    Aug 30, 2020

    KRISTINA Knott bagged the silver and eclipsed a long-standing Philippine record in the women's 100-meter run following a smashing performance in the Drake Blue Oval Showcase meet in Iowa.

    Knott, double gold medal winner in the last Southeast Asian Games in Manila, finished second behind Kayla White (11.18 seconds), while establishing a new national mark of 11.27 seconds.

    Her time eclipsed the 33-year-old record of 11.28 seconds the legendary Lydia De Vega set in winning the 100-meter gold during the 1987 SEA Games in Jakarta.

    The 24-year-old Knott wasn’t even born yet when De Vega made her record-winning performance.

    The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa) confirmed the new record established by Knott, who also holds the SEA Games mark in the 200 meters with a time of 23.01 in winning the event in 2019.

    The Fil-Am trackster also won the gold in the 4x100-meter mixed relay and silver medalists in the 100-meter and 4x100-meter relay, respectively.

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    The Olympic standard at 100-meter is 11.15 seconds.

    Reigning Olympic long jump queen Tianna Bartoletta clocked 11.44 seconds to bag the bronze in the event, a non-Olympic qualifier.

    Knott is looking to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in the 200-meter event, and will need a qualifying time of 22.80 seconds.

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