Fil-Ams’ times show they’re capable of winning SEA Games sprint gold


Posted at Oct 01 2019 11:20 PM

US-based Filipina sprinters Kristina Knott and Zion Corrales-Nelson could be a threat to reigning regional sprint champion Le Thun Chinh of Vietnam. Editha Corrales Nelson's FB account; Jewel Samad, AFP/file

If one were to look at the personal best times of US-based Filipina sprinters Kristina Knott and Zion Corrales-Nelson, then Vietnamese sprint champion Le Thun Chinh could be in big trouble in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

Le, who is set to defend the 100-meter title, clocked 11.67 seconds in the 100 meters of the 2019 Southeast Asian trials in her home country. In the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia, she timed 11.56 seconds in the 100s.

Those numbers would be significantly shattered by Knott, who finished the same event at the Asian Grand Prix China in 11.42 seconds, and Corrales-Nelson, who clocked 11.41 seconds in a US NCAA meet in California this year.

Le set the record in the 200s with a gold-worthy time of 23.32 seconds in 2017.

Again, Knott and Corrales-Nelson are capable of resetting that mark; Knott's personal best in that distance is 23.23 seconds, which she achieved in 2016, while Corrales-Nelson hit 23.16 seconds in an NCAA competition this year.

The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association, the sport's national governing body, is set to announce the lineup of the national team following final tryouts held at New Clark City track stadium in Capas, Tarlac, over the weekend.

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