Singapore's hurdling legend offers 22-year-old advice

Singapore's hurdling legend offers 22-year-old advice

SINGAPORE - The advice was direct, but friendly - you don't say you jump over hurdles, you run over them.

It was a first meeting between two hurdling queens from different eras, and they hit it off immediately.

There was a reunion for Singapore's track and field greats on Friday night at Mirza Namazie's sprawling house at King Albert Park.

But former SEA Games hurdles champion Heather Siddons-Merican had a lot of time for 22-year-old Dipna Lim-Prasad, national record holder for the 400m hurdles (60.36sec) and 200m (24.36sec).

Still statuesque at 64, 1970s pin-up Heather and Dipna were soon chatting like long-lost friends.

Heather did correct Dipna when the youngster talked about jumping over hurdles, and the former champion explained: "Maybe it's just the way she says it, or maybe it's subconscious.

"But for me, hurdlers never jump over the hurdles because then you spend too much time in the air and you can't make up time in the air."

Dipna, who will fly the flag for Singapore at next month's South-east Asia (SEA) Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, took that advice in good spirit.

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