Just Knott her day as Viet girl wins 100m race

  • Athletics
  • Monday, 09 Dec 2019

Kristina Knott (C) from the Philippines falls next to Chinh Tu Le (R) of Vietnam and On-Uma Chattha (L) from Thailand at the finish line of the women's 100m athletics event at the SEA Games (Southeast Asian Games) in the athletics stadium in Clark City, Capas, Tarlac province north of Manila on December 8, 2019. (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)

FILIPINA-American sprinter Kristina Knott came so close to being hailed as the sprint queen of South-East Asia in her own country but was foiled by the smallest possible margin in the women’s 100m final.

Vietnam’s Tu Chin Le stole what would have been a spectacular moment for Knott by just 0.01 of a second to spoil a double joy for Knott who had won the 200m gold on Saturday.

Chin Le clocked 11.54s ahead of Kristina who had a time of 11.55s. In third place was Singapore’s Shanti Veronica Pereira go on 11.66s.

Despite the defeat, Knott was in good spirits and congratulated Chin Le.

“I was close to winning it but it’s okay as she (Chin Le) ran a good race and was the best one on the day,” said Knott.

“I was actually quite nervous going into the race. My leg was numb and nerves got the better of me today.

On Saturday, Knott broke the Games record for the 200m with a time of 23.01 to top the final. It also erased her time of 23.07 she had set in the heats.

The time of 23.07 also erased the original record that was set by fellow Filipina-based American Zion Rose Corrales-Nelsen in Sacramento, California, in April.

Prior to that, Corrales-Nelson had broken the national record that had been held for 33 years by the legendary Lydia de Vega.

Despite the defeat, Knott is looking forward to the 4x100m women’s relay final today.

“I still have another race to go, so I will go back in and refocus.

In the women’s pole vault, Filipina Natalie Rose she set a new Games record with a jump of 4.25m for the gold medal and to erase the jump of 4.21m by Sukanya Chomchuendee of Thailand in Myanmar 2013.

Thailand’s Chayanisa Chomchuendee came in second with a jump of 4.10m while her teammate Chonticha Khabut took the bronze with a jump of 4.00m.

Malaysia’s Chuah Yu Tian could only manage 3.70 for fifth place.

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