ILAGAN CITY, Isabela–Fil-American Kristina Marie Knott emerged the fastest woman in the Ayala Philippine Athletics Championships even as she vowed that with more preparation and focus, she can break the long-standing national mark owned by athletics legend Lydia De Vega.

Knott ruled the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.64 seconds for the gold.

“This is my opening in the season so I was not expecting a lot. I just want to see where I was at.  I came out with a ‘W’” so that was good.”

When asked if she can break De Vega’s long-standing record, she replied in the affirmative.

“Yes. I just want to stay healthy, and train and work out.”

De Vega, once hailed as Asia’s sprint queen, holds the national record of 11.28. She also did the same record time in the 1987 Southeast Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Knott’s personal best was 11.43 she set in Florida tournament in April 2016.

She will be training for the 100 and 200 meter races and will re-join with Kayla Anise and Kyla Ashley Richardson and Zion Rose Nelson for the women’s 4x100m relay.

The quartet ruled the event in the Philippine Championship for Knott’s second gold in the tournament supported by the City of Ilagan, Ayala Corporation, Milo Nutri-up, Philippine Sports Commission, Soleus, L TimeStudio, Foton, IAAF at Asian Athletics Association. (Photo from PATAFA)

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