Shanti breaks national 100m mark

Shanti Pereira is in the 100m semi-finals in Donetsk and will also compete in the 200m.

UKRAINE - National sprinter Shanti Pereira rewrote the women's national 100m record yesterday at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine.

The 16-year-old posted 11.89sec in the century sprint late Wednesday night, qualifying for the semi-finals today and eclipsing Amanda Choo's 2010 mark of 12.01. The Republic Polytechnic student had come as close as within 0.04 of the record in March.

Singapore Athletic Association vice-president and interim chief of sports development Loh Chan Pew - who coached Choo - had singled Shanti out earlier as one likely to perform at the meet.

He said: "Records are meant to be broken. It's good news - it means there is progress."

Shanti is also pencilled in for the 200m tomorrow. Her personal best of 24.60, clocked last month, is just 0.06 off Prema Govindan's 1984 mark of 24.54.

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Jannah Wong did not make it past the 100m hurdles heats after finishing sixth out of seven runners in 15.10.

Zubin Percy Muncherji, 17, clocked 49.20 in the boys' 400m to finish sixth out of eight runners and also did not qualify for the semi-finals.

Calvin Quek, 17, had a disappointing run in the boys' 400m hurdles. He clocked 1min 2.84sec, more than seven seconds off his best of 55.27.

Raymond Scott Lee, also 17, clocked 56.13 in the same event.

The nine-strong Singapore team is the biggest that the Republic have fielded at the biennial meet.

Loh also has big hopes for pole vaulter Chan Sheng Yao, who holds the national record of 4.82m. He said: "If Sheng Yao can maintain his form, he should be able to get into the top eight. And to do that at the world youth level is fantastic."