Report breaking feat by Singapore athletes Shanti Pereira and Ang Chen Xiang

SINGAPORE — Shanti Pereira and Ang Chen Xiang broke new nationwide data of their respective monitor and subject occasions, with Shanti creating waves with three record-breaking feats on the Australian Monitor and Subject Championships in Brisbane. On the identical time, Ang competed within the Hong Kong Athletics Sequence 3 competitors.

Over in Australia, Shanti’s newest nationwide file was set within the ladies’s 200m heats on Apr 2, clocking a time of twenty-two.89s. This new timing bettered her earlier file of 23.16s which she set on Mar 25 on the Brisbane Monitor Traditional (World Continental Tour Silver) on Mar 25, the place she completed in third place behind Australian Ella Conolly and Georgia Hulls from New Zealand.

In keeping with Singapore Athletics, Shanti’s 200m nationwide file would have received her the gold medal within the final 5 editions of the Asian Video games. Additionally operating in the identical 200m heats was Elizabeth-Ann Tan, who clocked a brand new private finest time of 24.23s. In an interview with CNA, Shanti’s coach Luis Cunha stated that regardless of popping out high within the ladies’s 200m heats, Shanti didn’t compete within the finals as they needed to keep away from ‘ overstretching her each bodily and mentally.’

Shanti’s first record-breaking feat on the Australian Monitor and Subject Championships got here within the ladies’s 100m preliminaries occasion on Mar 31. She got here in first with a time of 11.38s. However the newly written nationwide file didn’t final lengthy as Shanti broke it once more the following day within the 100m finals, profitable the occasion with a formidable timing of 11.37, with Australia’s rising star Torrie Lewis coming in shut behind her in second place with a time of 11.38s.

‘The race felt actually good, particularly in direction of the tip. I simply targeted on executing what my coach and I had been engaged on the previous few weeks and took benefit of the nice climate we had at this time. Response as soon as once more wasn’t the very best, however I’m glad I didn’t let that have an effect on the race!’ stated a joyful Shanti after her preliminary race.

Shanti’s achievements on the monitor caught not solely the eye of her followers and the media but in addition Tharman Shanmugaratnam, senior minister and coordinating minister for social insurance policies. The senior minister congratulated Shanti on her win and defined how a sports activities programme supplied for Singapore athletes would allow them to focus and put together for competitions.

“Shanti first broke the nationwide 100m file when she was 16. She’s had her ups and downs since then, which makes her much more a Singapore hero. Now at 26, she reveals what guts and persistence are about. As she herself has put it, ‘Simply proceed rising into it as a result of in the end it’s your journey. If there’s anybody that may decide the way it seems, it’s you.’ stated Senior Minister Tharman.

“The Sport Excellence (Spex) Scholarship programme, which gives monetary and different help to assist athletes put together for main Video games, helps. Shanti joined the programme final November, permitting her to coach full time,” added the previous Deputy Prime Minister.

Shanti and different monitor and subject athletes, together with Ang are actually getting ready for the 2023 SEA Video games, which shall be held in Cambodia in Might. Within the earlier thirty first SEA Video games held in 2022, Shanti received gold within the 200m and silver within the 100m race. It was a historic win for Ang when he received silver within the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.94s, because the final time that Singapore had received a medal on this occasion was again within the 1989 SEA Video games.

Whereas many in Singapore celebrated Shanti’s success, Ang flew the Singapore flag excessive in Hong Kong as he received the boys’s 110m hurdle remaining, setting a brand new nationwide file of 13.90s. He broke his file of 13.94s which he beforehand set on the 2022 SEA Video games when he received the silver medal.

“I’m very completely satisfied to have executed my method persistently over the two races at this time. It’s a good checkpoint to indicate that I’m heading in the right direction, and to maintain doing what we’re doing. Additionally, I wish to give a shoutout to Singapore Athletics for supporting my coaching and competitors plans on this lead-up to the SEA Video games,” stated Ang who had damaged the 110m hurdles file for the tenth time since 2015.


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