Shanti Pereira made history by winning Singapore's first Asian Games medal in athletics since 1974 in Tehran, Iran, where Singapore brought home one gold, one silver, and two bronze medals.
At the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou in 2023, Shanti made her mark by winning a silver medal in the women's 100m race last Saturday (9/30).
Pereira finished second in the women's 100m at the Hangzhou Games with a time of 11.27 seconds. The 27-year-old Singaporean was just 0.04 seconds behind the winner, Ge Manqi of China. Meanwhile, Bahrain's Hajar Alkhaldi finished third with a time of 11.35 seconds.
Shanti Pereira started the race very well and was in the lead for most of the race, but unfortunately, she lost a bit of steam towards the end of the race. In the end, Ge Manqi from the People's Republic of China was able to pass her in the final meters to take the win with a time of 11.23 seconds.
After the race, Athletics Singapore officials quickly made arrangements for Pereira to get as much rest as possible. Just 12 hours after her remarkable performance, she had to return to the track at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium on Sunday (10/1) to compete in the women's 200m.
In the final, she will be looking to win Singapore's first athletics gold medal since 1974. Prior to that, she was the country's first medalist in the event, a silver medal in the 100m.