Swimmer Quah Ting Wen and sprinter Shanti Pereira qualify for Tokyo Olympics

There are now 23 Team Singapore athletes heading to the Tokyo Olympics.

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Published: 5 July 2021, 3:42 PM

Swimmer Quah Ting Wen and sprinter Veronica Shanti Pereira will compete in this year’s Olympics, taking Team Singapore’s contingent for Tokyo to 23. 

Ting Wen, 28, qualified by virtue of “being the highest-ranked athlete based upon the FINA Points Table achieved by June 2021”, the Singapore Swimming Association said. 

Ting Wen will join swimmers Joseph Schooling, Chantal Liew and younger brother Zheng Wen in Tokyo. It will be her third appearance at the Games. 

Ting Wen currently holds six national records, including the Women’s 50m Freestyle and Women’s 100m Freestyle. She has also won 16 gold medals in the SEA Games.

Shanti, 24, qualified for the Olympics for the first time after the Singapore Athletics selected her as the nominated entry in accordance with its selection criteria. She will compete in the Women’s 200m race. 

Shanti holds the national records in the Women’s 100m and 200m race. 

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Edwin Tong congratulated both Ting Wen and Shanti in a Facebook post. 

In his post, he highlighted the accomplishments of both athletes and wished them the best of luck.

[Double happiness in swimming and athletics] Very happy to share that both our swim and sprint queens Quah Ting Wen...

Posted by Edwin Tong on Friday, 2 July 2021

“Very happy to share that both our swim and sprint queens Quah Ting Wen and Shanti Pereira will be headed to the Olympics,” he wrote. 

Wishing both of you all the best! Fly our flag high!” 

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