31st SEA Games [Athletics]: Shanti Pereira wins gold in Women's 200m Sprint Finals

Shanti's gold adds another medal to Singapore Athletic's medal tally at the Hanoi Games, following Goh Chui Ling's bronze medal in the Women's 1,500m

Shanti Pereira clocked a timing of 23.52 sec to clinch the women's 200m gold, her fourth consecutive 200m SEA Games medal since her 2015 SEA Games gold on home ground. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG


Hanoi, Vietnam, 14 May 2022 - Singapore sprint queen Shanti Pereira has won the women's 200m sprint final at the 31st SEA Games today, coming in ahead of Philippines pair Kayla Ashley Richardson and Kayla Anise Richardson.


Her time of 23.52s is also a new national record. The result meant a second SEA Games gold medal for Shanti, who first merged victorious at the 28th SEA Games hosted by Singapore in 2015.

Watch Shanti Pereira's reaction to winning the women's 200m and our athletics highlights from 14 May here on Studio Plus.


Today's result also meant she has lowered the national mark yet again with her timing of 23.52s.


During her interview with the media post race, Shanti was overwhelmed by emotions as tears flowed uncontrollably down her cheeks.

Shanti Pereira holding the Singapore flag aloft after bringing home the gold in the 200m once again. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG


"I knew who I was running up against," she said. "I think it's all about strategy during the race itself. I just ran out fast and saw where I was and just gauged on how I should approach it at that moment in time."


When asked if she had expected she would be able to replicate her 2015 feat, she shook her head still visibly shocked by the result.

Goh Chui Ling (centre) poses with teammates after her medal ceremony. She took bronze in the women's 1,500m. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG


Goh Chui Ling Takes Bronze


Earlier in the day, Goh Chui Ling claimed the bronze medal in the women's 1,500m race with a timing of 4mins 33.41sec, finishing behind Nguyen Thi Oanh (4:14.98) and Khuat Phuong Anh (4:25.90) of Vietnam.


This was Goh's first ever podium finish in five showings at the SEA Games, and kickstarted Singapore Athletics' medal tally at the Hanoi Games.

Goh Chui Ling stands on the podium after receiving her bronze medal at the 31st SEA Games. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG


In addition to the series of celebrations for Singapore Athletics, Reuben Rainer Lee finished fifth in the men’s 200m event. He clocked an impressive timing of 21.07sec, breaking Haron Mundir’s long standing national record of 21.14sec.

Jeevanesh (right) makes his second SEA Games appearance since 2015, while Ethan Yan makes his SEA Games bow in Hanoi. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG


Meanwhile, Singapore's fastest 2.4km runner Jeevanesh came in seventh for the men's 1,500m finals, clocking 4:00.19, a personal best time at his second Southeast Asian Games; and SEA Games debutant Ethan Yan also clocked a personal best time in his Games, finishing 8th with a time of 4:04.43.


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