MANILA, Philippines – Kristina Knott’s first Olympics ended in disappointment after she missed the women’s 200m semifinals at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium on Monday.
Needing to break into the top three of the Heat 7, Knott finished fifth with a time of 23.80 seconds with American Jenna Prandini leading her group with 22.56 seconds.
When all the race results were compiled, Knott finished 37th out of 41 runners with 24 athletes advancing to the semifinals.
Coach Roshaan Griffin said Knott’s performance was not what they expected and he lagged far behind the desired result.
However, it was just Knott’s debut on the world stage.
“These are his first Olympic Games. She could have been fighting a lot of things. It could have been extreme heat. It could have been the nerves. I am not trying to make an excuse or give a set of answers. It was a terrible performance. It was not what we expected. But people have to realize that this is the world stage, ”Griffin said.
While Knott was disappointed in her failure to reach the semifinals, a bigger problem occurred after she started vomiting as she crossed the finish line and was immediately taken to the stadium medical station.
Edward Kho, director of communications and marketing for the Philippine Athletics Association, said Knott suffered from heat exhaustion and was already feeling ill before the race even started.
“She suffered from heat exhaustion,” Kho said. “She stayed at the medical station after the race for about an hour where she was rehydrated. She felt sick even before the gun started. After crossing the finish line, she was vomiting and in a daze. Thanks for the supportive prayers. Now he is resting in his room. “
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