Athletics: Hurdler Dipna Lim-Prasad qualifies for SEA Games at Queensland meet

National hurdler Dipna Lim-Prasad has met the qualifying standards for this year's SEA Games.
National hurdler Dipna Lim-Prasad has met the qualifying standards for this year's SEA Games. PHOTO: HILL & KNOWLTON

SINGAPORE - National hurdler Dipna Lim-Prasad has met the qualifying standard for this year's SEA Games, finishing first in the 400m hurdles at the Queensland Athletics Championships.

The 25-year-old clocked 1min 1.21sec at the Brisbane meet on Thursday (Feb 23), just under the 1:01.69 she needed to run to match the bronze-medal mark from the last SEA Games in 2015.

That is used as benchmark for selection for the biennial Games by the Singapore National Olympic Council.

Running against strong head wind, the time is far from Lim-Prasad's national record of 59.24sec, clocked at the SEA Games on home soil in 2015. She won a silver medal then.

Still, she said the time was a slight disappointment given how a smooth race up until the eighth hurdle meant she had expected something under 61 seconds.

On a three-week competition and training trip in Brisbane, she is slated to compete in three meets there, before the Australian national championships in Sydney next month.

Lim-Prasad joins six other team-mates who have qualified for the Aug 19-31 Kuala Lumpur Games, including sprinter Shanti Pereira and thrower Zhang Guirong.

Singapore Athletics will send a maximum of two athletes for each event.