SEA Games: Couple on the double

SEA Games: Couple on the double

A year ago, Poh Seng Song sprang a late surprise on his sprinter girlfriend Dipna Lim-Prasad, by showing up in London a day before her Olympic debut.

So late, in fact, that she was not able to scrounge a ticket in time for him to watch her race the 100m hurdles heats in person.

But Poh would not need to watch on television when she takes to the track at Naypyidaw's Wunna Theikdi Stadium at next month's SEA Games.

After all, he will be there as a competitor himself, having decided to lace up his spikes again after a three-year hiatus from athletics.

It will mark the first time the couple, who began dating in 2008, are both in action at the same multi-sports Games, a rare distinction they share at this SEA Games with badminton's Vanessa Neo and Derek Wong.

"She's always wanted me to go to the SEA Games with her and I tried quite hard to make it happen," said Poh, who has been entered in the 200m and 4x400m.

His most recent appearance at the biennial Games was in 2009, while Lim-Prasad made her bow two years later.

"It will be special," said Lim-Prasad, who is in her final year as a sport science and management undergraduate at Nanyang Technological University.

"I'll be able to deal with my pre-race jitters better, at least - I won't have to find a very weak (mobile-network) signal to talk to him about them."

The 22-year-old will head into the 400m hurdles and 4x400m events in Naypyidaw in fine form, after setting new national marks in both the 200m and 400m hurdles last month.

While her inclusion in the Republic's SEA Games squad came as no surprise, it is her significant other's return to the track that will raise a few eyebrows.

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