National sprinter Shanti Pereira sets new national records for 100m and 200m events

She set new records for the two categories in the span of three days.

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Published: 3 April 2023, 4:31 PM

National sprinter Shanti Pereira set a new national record for the women’s 200m at the Australian Open Track and Field Championships in Brisbane on Sunday (Apr 2).

She clocked a timing of 22.89s in the 200m heats, outdoing her previous record of 23.16s set at the Brisbane Track Classic on Mar 25. 

Shanti is now the first Singaporean to clock below 23s for the category.

🚨SUB-23!!!🚨 Shanti takes her 200m National Record to a whole new realm! To give you an idea of how fast the 22.89s she just ran is, this timing would have won her Asian Games GOLD in the last 5 editions. Also running extremely well in the same race, Elizabeth-Ann Tan clocks a new PB of 24.23s to surge into #2 in the all-time 🇸🇬 rankings. Big congratulations to @v_shantipereira, @elizabethannxxtan and their coach @luisfilipecunhacunha !

Posted by Singapore Athletics on Saturday, 1 April 2023

This achievement follows two other national records broken by Shanti on Mar 31 and Apr 1. She first broke the 100m record by clocking 11.38s in the heats on Mar 31, and then surpassed it by 0.01s at the finals the next day. She clinched the gold medal for the event. 

It was announced last November that Shanti would be joining the Sports Excellence Scholarship programme, which supports athletes headed to major Games. 

Shanti is expected to compete at next month’s SEA Games in Cambodia. She is also preparing for the Asian Athletics Championships in Bangkok in July and the Hangzhou Asian Games from Sep 23 to Oct 8.

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