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Shanti Pereira Wins Gold In Asian Games 200m Event, S'pore's 1st In Athletics Since 1974

Shanti Pereira Wins Gold In Her Pet Event At Hangzhou Asian Games

Last Saturday (30 Sep), Singapore sprinter Shanti Pereira won a stunning silver medal at the Asian Games.

This sent hopes sky-high for another successful outing in her next race – the 200m.

Now, Shanti has inevitably made history once again for Singapore, winning gold in her pet event.

Source: Edwin Tong on Facebook

This is Singapore’s first Asian Games gold in athletics since 1974.

Shanti claims Asian Games gold with time of 23.03s

Shanti, 27, was competing in the Women’s 200m Finals at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium on Monday (2 Oct).

Source: Singapore National Olympic Council on Facebook

According to a Facebook post from Singapore Athletics (SA), she eventually finished with a time of 23.03 seconds to bring home the gold medal.

Source: Singapore Athletics on Facebook

Behind her was China’s Li Yuting (23.28s) and Bahrain’s Edidiong Ofonime Odiong (23.48s).

Source: Tommy Koh on Facebook

1st Asiad athletics gold for 49 years

Shanti’s win makes her the first Singaporean to win an Asiad gold medal in track and field for 49 years.

Our last gold medal was won by Chee Swee Lee in the Women’s 400m Finals during the 1974 Games in Teheran.

Shanti’s 100m silver was our first medal of any kind in athletics since Chee’s achievement, ending Singapore’s long wait for medals.

Source: Singapore Athletics on Facebook

This caps off an amazing year for our sprint queen in her first Asian Games 200m final.

Congrats to Shanti for her stellar results, and Singaporeans are proud to call her our own.

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Featured image adapted from Edwin Tong on Facebook and Edwin Tong on Facebook.

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