04 Apr '11, 7am

Two new Singapore track records would have been set - but for a faulty timer

SINGAPORE - Hit by one disappointment, Dipna Lim Prasad (picture) gathered herself, put that out of her mind and managed a gargantuan effort, only to have her heart broken a second time yesterday. It was no small disappointment either, the 19-year-old Nanyang Technological University freshman sent two national records tumbling but found out that neither would count, courtesy of a faulty electronic timer. Dipna rewrote her own three-month-old 100m hurdles record of 14.56sec, when she clocked 14.3sec during yesterday's Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) Track and Field Series 3 at Nanyang Polytechnic. She followed it up by lowering Prema Govindan's 27-year-old 200m record of 24.54sec, zipping round the curve in 24.5sec, with the electronic timer failing in both races, officials were forced to revert to the secondary manual timers. IAAF rules state that hand-timed performan...

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