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Shanti Pereira tops 200m heats to qualify for Asian Games final

Shanti Pereira (right) topped the women's 200m heats at the Asian Games in 23.12 seconds. ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

HANGZHOU – About 12 hours after clinching a silver medal in the women’s 100m, Singapore sprinter Shanti Pereira was back at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium to secure her spot in the 200m final.

The 27-year-old did just that as she finished first in Heat 3 on Sunday in 23.12 seconds, which was also enough for her to be the fastest qualifier.

Bahrain’s Edidiong Ofonime Odiong, who won three golds in 2018 in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, was the second fastest in the heats in a season’s best 23.35sec.

As the semi-finals were scrapped owing to withdrawals, the top two from each heat and the next two fastest qualified for Monday’s final.

Just the day before, Pereira had ended the Republic’s 49-year wait for a medal in athletics at the Asiad with her silver, adding more silverware to what has been a glittering year for her.

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