Singapore athletes in top form overseas, setting three national marks over the weekend

It looks like the Taiwan Open was a happy hunting ground for a number of our athletes over the weekend.

According to newspaper reports, our contingent went there and plundered one national open record, a national junior record and a season’s best timing.

Our women’s 4x400m relay team also came a whisker away from qualifying for the South-east Asia Games.

The two national records came in the hurdles.

Dipna Lim-Prasad broke her national 100m hurdles record of 14.56sec twice twice – clocking 14.49sec in the heats before finishing fifth in the final in 14.23sec. Her time means that she is now just 0.02sec from qualifying for the SEA Games.

Raw diamond Zaki Sapari was also in record-breaking form.

The 19-year-old former middle distance runner, who switched to the hurdles only seven months ago but who has since qualified for the SEA Games, broke the national junior mark of 54.02sec with his flying run of 53.59sec.

Zaki also had a good outing in the 4x400m relay with his teammates. Together with Firdaus Juhari, Ng Chin Hui and Kenneth Khoo, they blazed the track to finish in a season’s best timing of 3min 15.09sec.

The hurdles aside, Dipna was part of the women’s 4x400m quartet (which also included Valerie Pereira, Wendy Enn and T. Piriyah) that came agonisingly close to qualifying for the SEA Games. The foursome clocked 3:50.09, just a sliver away from the must-beat time of 3:49.28.

There was also joy for Singapore athletics in Japan as triathlete Mok Ying Ren set a new long distance record.

Competing in the Tokai University Time Trials in Tokyo, he clocked 14:51.09 in the 5,000m to shatter the 16-year-old record of 14:57.61 set by Nadarajan Ganesan in Germany in June 1995.

My heartiest congratulations to all of you for breaking the record. And for those of you who narrowly missed qualifying for the SEA Games, fear not. You guys are definitely going to get the job done. It’s only a matter of time.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan




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