There is pindrop silence, as a deathly quiet envelopes the arena.
Bodies of spectators stay ramrod stiff, with many craning their necks.
Automatically, all other events in the stadium come to a stop.
The world waits, a packed stadium anticipates, the eight protagonists do knee-lifts and simply stare at the finish, knowing that milliseconds could decide positions.
Because it is the blue riband event of any Games, and in a little over 10 seconds or less, after some 42 strides the fastest man in the world, continent or region will be decided.
Come June, our spanking new National Stadium will stage this scene.
And a South-east Asia (SEA) Games sprint king will be crowned.
After 22 years, Singaporeans will get to witness the SEA Games men's 100 metres final on home turf.
The last time it happened in Singapore - in June 1993 - the home fans went home disappointed.