Treated like rock stars in Nagasaki, Filipino-American sprinter Kristina Marie Knott and her coach Rohsaan Griffin took a moment to reflect on the time when the trackster tested positive for COVID-19 last month.
Knott’s five days of inactivity gave her enough time to recharge and regain her focus.
Coach Rohsaan Griffin said this as Knott and his coaches entered day 3 of their preparations for the coming athletics meet in the Tokyo Olympics.
“I think it was what we needed. She competed a lot this year, and we travelled a lot,” said Griffin on Zoom last Thursday in Nagasaki.
While grounded in her hotel, Knott was able to regain her composure and energy for the challenges ahead of her.
“I think we needed the rest. It was God’s way of saying that, ‘hey, I’ll give you that rest so that you can regroup and do what you need to do,’ ” said Griffin.
Knott eventually become one of four tracksters in the women’s 200-meter dash who made it to the quadrennial meet via the universality places ruling.
And this is something that Knott looks back to while working out exclusively at the Transcosmos track and field stadium in Isahaya City in southern Nagasaki.
“We’re training at a high level. We’re very normalized. We laugh and practice until we need to get serious as not to put pressure on her,” added Griffin.
Knott, Griffin, and her and strength and conditioning coach Carlo Buzzichelli were given a warm welcome by Ishaya City residents, led by mayor Akio Miyamoto, during a short opening ceremony at the Transcosmos track and field stadium in Isahaya City in southern Nagasaki.
Philippine Athletics Track and Field marketing and communication chief Edward Kho also attended the simple rites.
Children from a nearby elementary school waved Filipino and Japanese flags to welcome them, in a ceremony held right after the end of Knott’s training session.