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Olympics: Singapore's Shanti Pereira comes in last in 200m heats, does not advance to semis

Olympics: Singapore's Shanti Pereira comes in last in 200m heats, does not advance to semis

Singapore's Shanti Pereira competes in the women's 200m heats during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Aug 2, 2021. (Photo: AFP/Jewel Samad)

TOKYO: Singapore sprinter Shanti Pereira recorded a time of 23.96s at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday (Aug 2) to finish last in her 200m heat.

The race was won by Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas in 22.76s. Jamaica's Shericka Jackson, who won bronze in the 100m on Saturday, could only manage a disappointing 23.26s to finish fourth. 

The top three in each heat and the next three fastest advance to the semi-finals. 

Pereira's time of 23.96s was a season's best, according to the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC). She holds the national mark of 23.60s, which she recorded en route to victory at the 2015 SEA Games.

"I (haven't) raced (in a long time). I'm quite happy with my result ... satisfied ... to go below 24 (seconds)," she told reporters later. Her last race, she said, was a specially arranged performance trial last November in which she ran alone.

Singapore's Shanti Pereira competes in the women's 200m heats at the Tokyo Olympics on Aug 2, 2021. (Photo: Facebook/Singapore National Olympic Council/Kong Chew Yew)

As for competing on athletics' biggest stage, she said while she had been to the World Championships, the Olympics was "just somehow different".

Pereira was selected for the Tokyo Olympics via universality rules, which set aside places for national Olympic committees whose athletes fall short of entry requirements for Olympic events.

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Source: CNA/ga

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