Dipna Lim-Prasad made a stunning return to her pet event – the 100m hurdles – this afternoon after spending a year away from the discipline because of an ankle injury.
The 19-year-old Nanyang Technological student ended up breaking her own national record not once, but twice, at the Singapore Athletics Association’s Track and Field Series 1 meet at the Bukit Gombak Stadium.
She first broke her record of 14.72sec in the morning by clocking 14.69sec in her heat – and then surpassed it with a magnificent 14.56sec effort in the final in the afternoon.
The result comes as a pleasant surprise as Dipna, who is coached by Georgian Viatcheslav Vassiliev, had spent the whole of last year away from the hurdles on the advice of her doctors. Today’s races were her first in the event since late 2009.
Prior to that, she had set the national record of 14.72sec in September 2009.
To maintain her competitive edge during her stay away from the hurdles, Dipna subsequently turned to the sprints – and found herself making the headlines in November when she clocked the fastest time in the 200m since 1984.
Her time of 24.68sec at the IVP Track and Field Championships is the best time clocked by a woman sprinter since Prema Govindran’s 24.54sec in 1984.
A month later, she lowered that time further when she clocked 24.61sec at the Asean University Games.
So if she continues to work on her sprints, on top of her hurdles, the chances are high that we could well see her name alongside two national records in the near future – the 100m hurdles and the 200m.
The Singapore Sports Fan would like to congratulate Dipna and her coach on their wonderful feats today. Here’s to more record-breaking performances from Dipna this year (including one perhaps in the 200m?)
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan