After her record performance on the women's 200 meters at the recent games in Southeast Asia, Kristina Knott is a strong contender for an Olympic course. This brings the Filipino-American sprinter closer to the limit of the qualifying ranking for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.
The International Federation of Athletics Associations (IAAF) has limited the number of Olympic qualifiers for the 56 best sprinters in the world, and Knott, despite being number 75 in the overall ranking, is highly likely to participate.
Knott has preceded the world athletics rankings with a number of American and Jamaican sprinters who give him the chance to join pole vaulter EJ Obiena in Tokyo from July 24th to August 24th. 9 because the IAAF only allows three qualifiers for each event from the same country.
Based on the World Athletics website, 39 Americans and seven Jamaicans posted 23.01 seconds faster than Knott's mark.
Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas has the fastest time of 21.74 seconds on the women's 200 meters, just a fraction of a second faster than Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain (21.88) and Elaine Thompson of Jamaica (22 seconds )).
In the 100 meters of the women, 40 American sprinters are faster than Knott, who is number 92 in the world rankings. This also gives her a mathematical chance to crack an Olympic berth beyond the 200 meters over the course of the century.
Eric Cray will try his luck at returning the men's 400m hurdles when he competes at the Asian Athletics Indoor Championships in Hangzhou, China from February 12th to 13th.
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