Judoka Kiyomi Watanabe, sprinter Kristina Knott book Tokyo Olympics spots

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 23)— The Philippines on Wednesday added two more athletes in its roster of Olympians after judoka Kiyomi Watanabe and sprinter Kristina Knott both booked tickets for the much-anticipated Tokyo games.

Watanabe — the 14th Filipino to qualify for the Olympics — earned her slot through the continental quota in the women's -63 kg division.

She landed at the 41st spot with 1,506 points en route to making history.

“She is the first Filipina Olympian for Judo," Dave Carter, president of the Philippine Judo Federation, told CNN Philippines.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Track and Field Association also confirmed that sprint queen Kristina Knott qualified for the summer games.

Knott, a record holder in the country’s athletics scene, clinched a universality place in the women’s 200-meter run, making her the 15th Pinoy athlete to fly to Tokyo next month.

Watanabe and Knott will join the Philippines’ other Olympians composed of pole vaulter EJ Obiena, gymnast Carlos Yulo, rower Cris Nievarez, taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa, skateboarder Margielyn Didal, air rifle shooter Jayson Valdez, golf star Juvic Pagunsan, weightlifters Hidilyn Diaz and Elreen Ando, and boxers Eumir Marcial, Nesthy Petecio, Irish Magno, and Carlo Paalam.

CNN Philippines' David Tristan Yumol and Alyssa Rola contributed to this report.