Poor race, good result

Poor race, good result
19-year-old sprinter and hurdler Dipna Lim-Prasad (No. 1309) is seen here winning the girls' 200m event at the Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) Track and Field Series 3 on 3 April 2011. However, she was left shattered by news that the electronic timing equipment had failed, and her efforts in the 100m hurdles and 200m would not count as official national records.

It wasn't a perfect race, but Dipna Lim- Prasad still managed to rewrite her 400m hurdles national record on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Nanyang Technological University undergraduate clocked 1min 0.36sec at the Malaysian Open Track and Field Championships in Kuala Lumpur to finish third.

Her previous mark of 1:00.58 was achieved at the Singapore Open in June.

Speaking to The New Paper, she said: "My race wasn't good, my stepping was all over the place. I was hoping to get a new PB (personal best) before the race and judging by how the race went I didn't think I managed to get it.

"It was a pleasant surprise to hear that I still managed a new PB."

The 2012 Olympian was aiming to break the 60-second barrier in the race.

She broke Prema Govindan's 29-year-old national 200m record of 24.54sec with a 24.36sec effort earlier this month.

She said: "I haven't touched my 100m hurdles this year because I have been focusing on my 400m hurdles.

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