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MANILA, Philippines — Kristina Knott is relaxed but focused as she clings to and continues her training at Transcosmos Track and Field Stadium Wednesday in southern Nagasaki’s Isahaya City.
The University of Miami star didn’t mind summer temperatures in Japan, which ranged from 32 degrees to 34 degrees, as she raced around the oval to begin her training for the 200 meters of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Knott said the scorching heat will help her adjust to the weather she would face at the National Stadium in Kasumigaoka in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo.
“Convenient” was how Knott described her training venue during a Facebook Live stream, but she won’t be at the stadium until Monday as local authorities begin using Transcosmos as a COVID-19 vaccination facility for local residents.
Knott, who tested positive for COVID-19 last month, will move to another location along with coach Rohsaan Griffin and strength and conditioning coach Carlo Buzzichelli to further prepare for her event.
“She’s relaxed but focused,” said Edward Kho, director of marketing and communications for the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association. “I like her frame of mind going into the competition.”
“It was a great opening day. We had a good session on both the weight room and the track,” said Griffin.
Knott and her coaches travel to Shimabara Municipal Oval to resume their training.
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