S’pore Sprinter Shanti Pereira Sets National Record In 200m, Wins Our 5th SEA Games Gold

25-Year-Old Sprinter Shanti Pereira Records Personal Best In Women’s 200m Final

Singapore’s athletes have been making waves in the 31st SEA Games held in Hanoi, Vietnam, with a few gold medals already under our belt.

Local sprinter Shanti Pereira, however, may have topped them by not only winning our fifth gold, but setting a new national record.

She achieved this feat while competing in the women’s 200m final.

Source: Tan Chuan-Jin on Facebook

3 achievements for Sprinter Shanti Pereira

The momentous win was announced in a Facebook post on Saturday (14 May) by Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin, who’s with the Singapore contingent in Hanoi.

Source: Tan Chuan-Jin on Facebook

According to him, Shanti notched a total of three achievements in one run.

Besides clinching gold for Singapore, her time of 23 minutes 52 seconds is a new national record.

It’s also a personal best for the 25-year-old.

Her previous national record was 23:60.

She finished 2nd in heats

Before the final, Shanti came in second in the heats with a time of 24:06, reported Channel NewsAsia (CNA).

Source: Tan Chuan-Jin on Facebook

However, she saved her best for the final, outrunning two Filipina sisters to cross the finish line first.


Source: CNA on Facebook

The sisters, Kayla Ashley Richardson and Kayla Anise Richardson, came in second and third respectively.

Shanti in tears after run

After the run, Shanti was overwhelmed with tears after finding out her time, according to footage posted on Instagram by Berita Harian.

Source: Berita Harian on Instagram

As she visibly bawled in front of the media, she was quoted by The Straits Times (ST) as asking,

This is real, right? This is real?

Source: Berita Harian on Facebook

Long & difficult road back to gold

Perhaps the reason for Shanti’s emotion was her long and difficult road back to gold.

She came to national attention in 2013 when she ran the 100m under 12 seconds – the first Singaporean woman to do so – at the tender age of 16.

This was followed by an astonishing gold medal at the 2015 SEA Games, right here in Singapore.

Shanti winning gold in 2015. Source: Tan Chuan-Jin on Facebook

However, she won bronze at the 2017 and 2019 Games, and suffered an injury too.

That’s why winning gold this time, seven years after her last triumph must have been especially sweet for her.

Kudos for making Singapore proud

Congrats and kudos to Shanti for not only making Singapore proud, but conquering her own mental barriers too.

Shooting to the top again after seven years isn’t easy, especially after an injury.

Hopefully her perseverance and determination inspires Singaporeans to similarly work hard no matter what obstacles we face.

We wish our athletes all the best and more medals to come in their remaining competitions at the Games.

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Featured image adapted from Tan Chuan-Jin on Facebook.

Jeremy Lee

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