“I went into the Games really calm, off the season that I had. I was really just excited to be able to compete (at the Games) again,” Pereira told reporters after her stunning run.
“I knew I had fierce competitors like Kristina and the other people so I really had to get my game on. I’m just really happy.”
At the 2021 Games, Pereira won 200m gold with a time of 23.52s.
“It feels so different (from the last Games). Mentally coming in, I was just super pumped this time round, just excited to run here (at the Games) again,” the 26-year-old said on Monday.
“No tears, maybe later (during the victory ceremony)!”
Singapore’s sprint queen comes into this year’s regional meet in a scintillating vein of form, having smashed a number of national records in March and April.
Last month, Pereira clocked the last national record of 22.89s in the women’s 200m heats at the Australian Track and Field Open in Brisbane – the fastest timing set by an Asian woman in 2023.
At the same meet, she notched a new national record of 11.37s en route to winning the women’s 100m finals.
That timing was the second fastest set by an Asian woman in 2023.
No Singaporean woman has won the both the 100m and 200m sprint events at the same Games.
Pereira’s next event will be the women’s 4x100m relay on Wednesday, before she goes for gold in the 100m on Friday.
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