Pereira breaks 2nd nationwide file in 3 days, attributes resurgence to mindset change, Latest Team Singapore News
BIRMINGHAM – The final time nationwide sprinter Shanti Pereira broke two nationwide information in the identical meet was on the 2015 SEA Games the place she gained a historic 200m gold on house soil.
After a tricky seven years, the 25-year-old set two nationwide information on the identical competitors once more, this time on the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
She clocked 23.46 seconds to decrease her 200m nationwide mark by 0.06sec throughout the heats on the Alexander Stadium on Thursday (Aug 4), putting her tenth out of 36 and incomes her a semi-final spot on Friday.
On Tuesday, she had additionally set a national 100m record of 11.48sec in the heats, through which she completed twentieth of 24 runners.
Pereira, who won a gold and silver at this year’s SEA Games, has skilled a resurgence this yr, which she attributed to a change in mindset.
She mentioned: “I’ve simply been very exhausting on myself the previous a few years so simply accepting that I’m on this path and I’m simply actually doing this for myself and my nation and the individuals who matter in my life and in the end simply accepting that that is my very own journey.
“If there’s anything for someone to say, it should be me and not anybody else and that change in mindset is what really helped me perform.”
In the previous, she would usually fixate on the issues that went incorrect, even when there have been positives to remove too.
Then, there was additionally strain and expectations from different folks.
She mentioned: “I took some time to just accept that each athlete’s journey comes with expectations and strain. At that point, I wasn’t actually mentally ready for that so I all the time felt like I needed to ship and once I did not, it was like, ‘Oh my God, finish of the world’.
“People may say whatever they want but it’s my journey. Especially this year, I learnt to accept that pressure was just a part of what I do.”
But a month earlier than this yr’s SEA Games, Pereira talked to her coach Luis Cunha in a bid to attempt to change the best way she considered her operating as a result of didn’t wish to maintain feeling this fashion.
“I would really just dwell on every bad training session and looking at the horrible parts instead of the good parts and that just continued and led on for many years,” mentioned Pereira, who acknowledged that Cunha, alongside together with her household and pals performed a vital function in serving to her change her mindset.
“I was always very afraid to compete just because I was scared to fail. The build-up of that just made my head totally off so I really wanted to get rid of that.”
While it’s nonetheless one thing that she is engaged on, Pereira is happy with the progress she has made.
In the previous, she would already go into races feeling defeated if the climate situations weren’t splendid.
Although the windy climate situations on the Alexander Stadium weren’t beneficial on Thursday, she didn’t dwell on that an excessive amount of.
Pereira mentioned: “It’s not that I’m perfect now – I’m still scared to run every race but I just take it a different way like really just focusing on the things we can control going into every race.”