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SINGAPORE: Labor Party leader Pritam Singh was among those who praised Shanthi Pereira after her consecutive victories at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bangkok over the weekend.

“What an absolute superstar! Asian 100m and 200m Champion. Bow Shanti! #Team GSingh added a 44-second video of Pereira’s 200m win earlier in the day to a Facebook post on Sunday night (July 16).

The 27-year-old runner has had a glorious year so far, but Breaking own records left and right from March She also became the first Singaporean from Asia to top the women’s outdoor 100m world championships, and won both the 100m and 200m at the SEA Games in Cambodia.

On Friday, Pereira broke the Japanese record for the 100 meters, set in Germany a few weeks ago, with a time of 11.20. At the 58th International Pentecostal Sports Competition in Röhringen on May 28, her time was 11.26.

It was the sixth time she broke the national record this year.

And two days later, in the 200 meters, she set a competition record by running a race of 22.70 seconds, just short of the race record of 22.69 seconds set at the SEA Games.

Pereira has been dubbed Singapore’s sprint queen and Asia’s sprint queen due to the number of medals she has won this year alone.

On Monday morning, Pereira posted on Instagram, paying tribute to coach and former sprinter Luis Cunha, 58, of Portugal and the whole team, saying: “I’m coming back as double Asia champion. @luisfilipecunhacunha And my whole team – we did it 🥹

🥇11.20 (0.0m/s) – PB, NR

🥇 22.70 (+0.1m/s) – CR

thank you, @asianathletics2023 🫶🏽”/TISG

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