SINGAPORE: Shanti Pereira gets in the 2024 Paris Olympics 200m event, making her the first Singaporean to make the feat.
On August 23, 2023, she matched the required time of 22.57 seconds during Heat Three at the World Athletics Championships held at the National Athletics Centre in Budapest.
Her achievement granted her a spot in the 200m semi-finals scheduled for August 24 at the competition in Hungary. However, she was unable to secure a position in the finals.
In the third semi-final at the National Athletics Centre in Budapest, she recorded a time of 22.79 seconds, placing her sixth.
Shericka Jackson of Jamaica, the reigning 200m world champion, led with the fastest time of 22.00 seconds, followed by American Sha’Carri Richardson with 22.20 seconds.
The final included the top two runners from the three semi-finals, along with the next two swiftest competitors. Out of the 24 participants, Pereira ranked 17th overall.
Notably, Richardson claimed victory in the 100m event earlier that week.
With Shanti Pereira’s victory, a top fan said: “She is our new Wonder Woman in Sports n expect her to bring in more honour for Spore.”
Veronica Shanti Pereira stands as a remarkable Singaporean track-and-field sensation. One of the most notable facets of her journey is her remarkable achievement of securing four gold medals at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
Shanti Pereira’s exceptional track solidifies her position as a favourite. She secured her place at the global event in Hungary from August 19 to 27, with her impressive world rankings in the 100m and 200m categories.
She previously competed in 200m and three other world competitions and reigned.
Her feats don’t end there. Following the global event, everyone should look for Shanti Pereira’s upcoming competition in the Asian Games, Hangzhou, China, on Sep 23 – Oct 8 for the 100m and 200m events.
Pereira’s accomplishments underscore her dedication and skill, making her an athlete to watch in the upcoming competitions.