Kristina Knott was far from her season’s best performance when she settled for the silver medal in the 100 meters last Sunday (Monday in Manila) at the 2021 Sollentuna Grand Prix, a World Athletics continental tour bronze medal series event in Sweden.
A jet-lagged Knott clocked 11.54 seconds in the century dash as she moved closer to a qualifying seat to the Tokyo Olympics.
Because of her condition, Knott decided not to push through with her bid to get more qualifying points for the Olympics by skipping the 200 meters sprints for now.
“It’s been a rough few days as our travel was horrible. We had major delays departing the US due to weather. At one point, Kristina and myself spent two hours on the runway in Washington D.C., then because of that delay, we spent seven hours in the airport in Munich,” said coach Rohsaan Griffin on their journey.
Ana Bongiorni of Italy took the gold medal in 11.42 seconds, with Irene Ekelund landing third in 11.58 seconds.
The time of Knott was nowhere near her season’s best of 11.28 seconds she made at the Louisiana State University Alumni Gold meet in Baton Rouge.
Knott, who went to Sweden with Eric Cray and his wife-coach Samantha, is now close to an opportunity of qualifying to the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s 200-meters. Her next window of opportunity will be in the Karlsdat meet, which also in Sweden.
Griffins said Knott will try to bounce back, running both the 100 and 200 meters.
“We are definitely looking forward to recovering and having some good training days before the next competition on the 6/22,” added Griffin.
Cray placed fifth in the men’s 400-meter hurdles in 51.05 seconds.
Thomas Barr of Ireland claimed the gold in 49.25 seconds, with Wilfried Happo settling for second in 49.27 seconds and Quincy Downing in the third at 49.66 seconds.
Following a 23.37 clocking in the 200 meters at the North American, Central American, and Caribbean Athletics Association New Life Invitational last week, Knott earned 50 points to move in the Olympic rankings by a notch to no. 62.
She now has 1141 points to her credit and will need only four points to further move up the rankings. If Knott reaches the rank of no. 56, she will make the cut to the Tokyo Olympics by way of World Rankings quota.