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Sprinter Kristina Knott, judoka Kiyomi Watanabe qualify for Tokyo Olympics

Two more athletes in sprinter Kristina Knott and judoka Kiyomi Watanabe have qualified on Wednesday for the Tokyo Olympics, bringing the number of Philippine delegates to 15.

Watanabe officially secured her spot in the Games through the continental quota after placing 41st in the women's 63kg division with 1506 points, according to rankings released by the International Judo Federation.

This is the first Olympic appearance for the Filipino-Japanese judoka, who has won five Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) gold medals and a silver in the 2018 Asian Games.

The 24-year-old Cebu native's qualification also means that the Philippine Judo Federation will send a judoka for the third straight Olympiad after Kodo Nakano in 2016 and Tomohiko Hoshina in 2012.

On the other hand, Knott locked up her Olympic berth in the women's 200m sprint through the universality rule after finishing 39th in the World Athletics rankings.

The 25-year-old Games debutant, who won two golds and two silvers in the 2019 SEA Games, currently holds the Philippine record in 200m sprint at 23.01 seconds.

Both athletes join pole vaulter EJ Obiena; gymnast Carlos Yulo; boxers Irish Magno, Eumir Marcial, Carlo Paalam, and Nesthy Petecio; weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and Elreen Ando; rower Cris Nievarez; taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa; skateboarder Margielyn Didal; shooter Jayson Valdez; and golfer Juvic Pagunsan in Tokyo.