National sprinter Shanti Pereira wins double gold at Asian Athletics Championships; sets new national record for 100m event

Shanti clocked the timings of 22.70s and 11.20s for the 100m and 200m categories respectively.

Dini Qistina Binte Ali

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Published: 17 July 2023, 5:23 PM

National sprinter Shanti Pereira has clinched two gold medals at this year’s Asian Athletics Championships, held in Bangkok from Jul 12 to 16.

She clocked 22.70s for the women’s 200m final on Sunday (Jul 16) which was just 0.01s short of her national mark that was previously set at the SEA Games in Cambodia on May 12.

Her timing is also 0.04s faster than the previous meet record set by Bahraini sprinter Salwa Eid Naser at the 2019 Asian Championships in Doha. 

Earlier on Friday (Jul 14), the 26-year-old broke the national record yet again for the women’s 100m category with a timing of 11.20s.

This was 0.06s faster than her previous record set at the women’s 100m final in Germany on May 28.

The new timing marks the sixth time Shanti has set the national record for the 100m category. It is also the fastest timing clocked by an Asian sprinter.

At the SEA Games in Cambodia, Shanti clocked 22.69s in the 200m race, breaking her previous national record of 22.89s at the women’s 200m heats at the Australian Track and Field Championships in Brisbane on Apr 4.

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