Athletics: Shanti Pereira wins 200m, clinches 1st gold at Singapore Open

Shanti Pereira (second from right) strode to victory in the women's 200m sprint at the Singapore Open Track and Field Championships, on April 29, 2016.
Shanti Pereira (second from right) strode to victory in the women's 200m sprint at the Singapore Open Track and Field Championships, on April 29, 2016. ST PHOTO: AZMI ATHNI
Shanti Pereira (right) finished second in the women's 100m sprint at the 78th Singapore Open Track and Field Championships, on April 28, 2016.
Shanti Pereira (right) finished second in the women's 100m sprint at the 78th Singapore Open Track and Field Championships, on April 28, 2016.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - Shanti Pereira clinched her first gold at the Singapore Open Track and Field on Friday, clocking 24.04sec in winning the women's 200m final at the National Stadium, the same venue where she clinched the 2015 SEA Games gold in the same event.

Behind Shanti in her pet event was Malaysian Zaidatul Husnia (24.36) and Thi Oanh Nguyen (24.48) from Vietnam.

Shanti also took part in the women's 4x100m relay, alongside compatriots Dipna Lim-Prasad, Eugenia Tan and Wendy Enn. The Singapore Selection 'A' team took fifth spot with a time of 46.87.

Malaysia 'A' won gold in the event with a time of 45.32. The Singapore Selection 'B' - consisting of Calista Chan, Nur Izlyn, Kugapriya Chandran and Kerstin Ong - finished sixth (47.89).

The other Singaporean gold medallist on Friday was Goh Chui Ling in the women's 400m hurdles, as she won in 1min 3.42sec. Her only other competitor was Yvette Chong (1:08.62).