SINGAPORE - National runner Dipna Lim-Prasad set a new personal best of 55.10seconds en route to winning the 400m at the Thailand Open on Wednesday (June 14).
Her time is just shy of Chee Swee Lee's 43-year national record of 55.08sec, which was set at the 1974 Asian Games in Iran.
Lim-Prasad, whose old personal best of 55.45sec was set in Australia at the beginning of the year, told The Straits Times she is happy with her result despite being "a bit disappointed" at missing out on the national record.
"My coach told me to just take it as a victory and keep working at it, and I have to keep being grateful and celebrating the small victories," added the 26-year-old, who was fourth entering the last 100m..
"The field was really strong … their best times were at least a second faster than mine so I was quite convinced it would be a good race and when I caught them, I figured it would be a good time."
Her 400m time did not meet the SEA Games qualifying mark of 54.26sec, but Lim-Prasad's priority is to remain on the podium for her pet event, the 400m hurdles.
The 2015 SEA Games 400m hurdles silver medallist is aiming to at least match that result at the Aug 19-30 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, and she believes her feat in Thailand is a good sign that she is on the right track.
"I ran my fastest time (for the 400m) so far ... fitness-wise, I'm definitely there," she said. "For me to catch all my competitors in the last 100m shows my speed is quite solid and I can push at the end, and that's very important for the 400m hurdles."