HANOI – Singapore dash queen Shanti Pereira captured her second ladies’s 200m SEA Games gold medal on the My Dinh Stadium on Saturday (May 14), seven years after she gained her first on dwelling soil.
The 25-year-old crossed the end line in 23.52 seconds to win the race, rewriting her nationwide document of 23.60sec within the course of.
The Philippines’ Kyla Ashley Richardson was second in 23.56 whereas her sister Kayla Anise Richardson took the bronze in 23.87.
Pereira was overwhelmed when her time was flashed on the display, and emotion spilled over as her tears flowed freely on the observe.
Later, with the Singapore flag draped over her shoulder and wiping tears from her eyes, she requested The Straits Times: “This is real, right? This is real?”
This is the fourth consecutive SEA Games by which she has claimed a medal.
Pereira first shot to fame in 2013 when, a month shy of turning 17, she turned the primary Singaporean girl to run the 100m below 12 seconds.
After that, she loved highs – profitable a historic gold within the 200m on the 2015 dwelling SEA Games – and in addition suffered lows, resembling a tearful and unsuccessful defence of her title in Kuala Lumpur in 2017, earlier than a season-ruining damage a 12 months later.
Infighting and politicking inside Singapore Athletics – the game’s nationwide physique – then, which affected Pereira and her former coach Margaret Oh, in addition to niggling accidents noticed some write her off as being previous her greatest.
Until she proved all of them mistaken together with her Hanoi triumph.