By Mark Allan Cervantes
(August 5, 2021) – The Olympic dream only comes true for a select few elite athletes. For Filipina-American sprinter Kristina Knott, even though that dream ended a bit early, she knew the moment was bigger than herself.
She competed with the best the world has to offer, and no one can take that away from her.
“I’m just trying to look at the glass half full, instead of half empty. At the end of the day, I’m an Olympian and that’s something encouraging that I can take away from it,” said Knott on Wednesday in a press conference organized by the Philippine Athletics Track And Field Association.
She missed out on a spot in the 200-meter dash semifinals in her debut in the Summer Games, recording a time of 23.80 seconds in her heat, a few ticks slower than her personal best and national record of 23.01 seconds she set in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Despite this, Knott is not taking away anything from the magnitude of her experience in Tokyo.
“Obviously, it didn’t end the way wanted it to, but just to be in the atmosphere of greatness, it was an experience to remember, for sure,” said Knott. “When you have bad situations always try to look at the glass half full. You can always take something positive away from a negative situation.”
The 25-year-old Knott, whose mother hails from Imus, Cavite, entered the competition with the goal of breaking her own record, but even though she fell short, the palpable support she got from Filipinos all over the world masked the sting and encouraged her to keep moving forward.
“I want to thank everyone for their prayers and for the love. Especially when I was feeling down, it was super encouraging, hearing how much you guys still love and support me regardless of my performance,” said Knott, who also holds the national records in the 60-meter and 100-meter events.
The fun-loving Knott also took to social media to express her gratitude to everyone who supported her achieve her dream, posting a photo of her with the famous Olympic rings in the background.
“It’s always an honor wearing this flag on my chest. Maraming salamat,” wrote Knott.
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The Summer Games is filled with athletes who only get one shot at the Olympic dream. But Knott’s goals are broader than a single participation, and they extend well past her most recent race.
She now heads back to training with a clear vision in her mind: A chance at redemption.
“The forefront of my motivation going into training is to qualify for the Paris Olympics,” said Knott. (PM)