Singapore dash queen Shanti Pereira efficiently defended her title and broke each the nationwide and the video games document as she took the gold within the girls’s 200m occasion on the thirty second SEA Video games with a timing of twenty-two.69s on the Morodok Techo Nationwide Stadium on Might 8.
Within the 2021 SEA Video games in Vietnam, Pereira received the gold medal with a time of twenty-two.53s, which was then a nationwide document too. That is Pereira’s third medal within the 200m dash occasion as she additionally received a gold medal within the 2015 SEA Video games. The video games document was beforehand set by Philippines’ Kristina Knott in 2019 with a time of 23.01. That 12 months Pereira received the bronze medal, sprinting to a time of 23.77s.
In the meantime, Soh Rui Yong, a marathon gold medallist from the 2015 and 2017 SEA Video games, was not too disappointing in opposition to the youthful opponents within the 5,000m occasion on Might 8. He managed to tempo himself within the race and was among the many group anticipated to complete on the rostrum. However in the direction of the top of the race, Kieran Tuntivate of the Philippines picked up velocity and left Soh and the remainder of the pack behind to win the gold medal with a time of 14:34.77s. That is Tuntivate’s second medal of the 5,000m occasion as he received gold within the 2019 SEA Video games – 14:31.15. Soh ended the race in fourth place with a time of 14:48.43, whereas the opposite Singapore competitor on this occasion, Jeevanesh, completed in fifteenth place 15:51.63.
Singapore received two bronze medals within the observe and subject competitors courtesy of Goh Chui Ling within the girls’s 1,500 race and Michelle Sng within the excessive soar competitors.
That is Goh’s second bronze medal within the race. She had additionally received bronze within the earlier SEA Video games. Defending champion Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Oanh was unmatched by the remainder of the opponents as she left them miles forward to win the gold (04:16.85), whereas compatriot Bui Thị Ngan took the silver medal (04:24.57). Goh got here third with a time of 04:26.33. For Sng, she is again on the podium after her historic gold medal efficiency on the 2017 SEA Video games. Sng jumped a season’s better of 1.73m to clinch the bronze medal.
Singapore received one gold, three silvers and 7 bronze medals on the final SEA Video games. As well as, 5 nationwide information and eight private greatest timings had been recorded in Vietnam. When Singapore hosted the SEA Video games in 2015, Singapore received three golds, three silvers and three bronze medals in athletics. The three gold medals got here from Soh within the marathon, Shanti within the 200m dash, and Zhang Guirong in shot put.
This 12 months, Singapore Athletics are sending a complete of 31 observe and subject athletes to Cambodia and the affiliation’s president Lien Choon Luen hopes that the nation will be capable of give their ethical assist to the athletes as they pursue glory on the SEA Video games.
“We’d additionally wish to take this chance to specific our appreciation to the coaches, trainers, and assist employees who’ve labored tirelessly behind the scenes to assist our athletes obtain their objectives. Their efforts are invaluable and have contributed enormously to the success of our athletes. We’re assured that our athletes will proceed to make Singapore proud within the SEA Video games 2023, and we want all of them the most effective of their upcoming competitions. We encourage all Singaporeans to rally behind our workforce and present their assist by cheering them on as they compete on the regional stage. Collectively, allow us to rejoice the exhausting work and achievements of our athletes and encourage the subsequent technology of younger Singaporeans to pursue their goals,” stated Lien, Singapore Athletics president.
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