'Scary' to retire but Dipna has no regrets

Dipna Lim-Prasad getting off to a great start in last year's SEA Games 400m final in Kuala Lumpur. She clocked 54.18sec to win silver and better Chee Swee Lee's mark set at the 1974 Asian Games in Iran by nearly a second.
Dipna Lim-Prasad getting off to a great start in last year's SEA Games 400m final in Kuala Lumpur. She clocked 54.18sec to win silver and better Chee Swee Lee's mark set at the 1974 Asian Games in Iran by nearly a second. ST FILE PHOTO

400m and 400m hurdles record holder calls time at 27 but will contribute in other ways

Dipna Lim-Prasad had known since 2015 that she could retire after this year's Asian Games. But, even after the sprinter-hurdler finalised her decision in September, the thought of no longer being a competitive athlete was still "really scary".

"It was scary to start telling people in the first place," the 400m and 400m hurdles Singapore record holder told The Straits Times. "It's a huge decision. I've always identified as an athlete and I don't think I will ever stop.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 20, 2018, with the headline ''Scary' to retire but Dipna has no regrets'. Print Edition | Subscribe