Shanti breaks women's 42-year sprint drought with 100m bronze
Shanti Pereira ended Singapore's 42-year wait for a women's sprint medal on the tracks by clinching the 100m bronze on Tuesday evening.
The sprinter enjoyed an uncharacteristically good start and clocked 11.88s to finish third in the 100m race at the National Stadium.
Kayla Richardson of the Philippines won her race in a photo-finish, edging ahead of Thailand's Tassaporn Wanakit after both clocked a time of 11.76s.
Her win gave the Philippines a double as Eric Cray blew the opposition away in the men's event with a new personal best of 10.25s, finishing ahead of Indonesians Boby Yaspi and Iswandi, who both clocked 10.45s.
Thailand's Jirapong Meenapra, the 100m and 200m champion at the last SEA Games in Myanmar, finished a disappointing fifth in 10.48sec.
Singapore's two sprinters, Calvin Kang (10.47s, personal best) and Amirudin Jamal (10.55s) finished fourth and sixth, respectively.
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