Pal cheers Dipna to bronze, record

Pal cheers Dipna to bronze, record
Singapore hurdler Dipna Lim-Prasad (left) celebrating her 100m hurdles bronze medal with rowing champion Saiyidah Aisyah.

NAYPYIDAW - They were room-mates at the SEA Games Athletes' Village in Naypyidaw, and they hit it off instantly.

So, instead of basking in the glory of winning her first SEA Games gold, rower Saiyidah Aisyah spent on Tuesday afternoon at the Wunna Theikdi Stadium cheering on Singapore's track and field athletes.

In particular, the rower - who won a hard-fought battle in the morning at the Ngalike Dam - was cheering for Games Village room-mate Dipna Lim-Prasad, 22, in the 400m hurdles.

And she wore a wide grin as Lim-Prasad clinched a bronze medal in 59.96sec, and smashed her own national record of 60.36.

It was the first time since Toh So Liang's 10,000m bronze in 1993 that a Singapore woman had won a SEA Games track medal.

As a tired Lim-Prasad trudged towards the mixed media zone, she spotted Saiyidah and smiled as the rower hugged her and they took photos together.

"Yeah, we stayed together, as I had arrived earlier than the track and field team to be the flag-bearer at the opening ceremony," said the hurdler. "When the team arrived, I had to move out of her room to join the team."

To which Saiyidah joked: "Yeah, I kicked her out once she had company."

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