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Shanti Pereira is on a roll. An Asian Games medal beckons for the Singaporean sprinter.

Aug 1, 2023

Singapore’s sprint queen Shanti Pereira is really on a roll. 

And she has gotten the internet buzzing in anticipation. 

On 30 July, she claimed gold in the 200m at the prestigious Mittsommernacht Athletics meet in Charlottenburg, Berlin, with an impressive timing of 23.32 seconds.

The 26-year-old Pereira outran Gina Luckenkemper from Germany, who is the reigning European 100m and 4x100m relay champion, beating her by 0.09 seconds.

See video below. 

Earlier in July, Pereira secured gold in both the 100m and 200m events at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bangkok.

She rewrote her national 100m record for the sixth time this year, clocking an astonishing 11.20 seconds, and claimed victory in the 200m event while establishing a new meet record of 22.70 seconds.

Her exceptional performances have also brought an end to Singapore’s 16-year medal drought at the regional meet.

The accolades do not stop there.

In May, she became the first Singaporean woman to triumph in both the 100m and 200m events in a single edition of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games held in Phnom Penh.

Throughout this year, she has broken the national 200m record three times, with her most remarkable effort being 22.69 seconds at the SEA Games in Cambodia, which also stands as a meet record.

Pereira’s upcoming challenges include competing in the Folksam Grand Prix in Malmo, Sweden, on 5 August, followed by Copenhagen on 9 August, before participating in the World Athletics Championships in Budapest on 19 August.

Thereafter, she will travel to Hangzhou in China for the Asian Games.

Her timing in the 100m and 200m this season holds her in good stead for potential medals in both events. 


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