SEA Games 2019: Bronze bonus for hurdler Izlyn
11 December 2019
By Angelina Dass
The gun went off and in Lane 3 at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium on Monday (9 Dec), hurdler Nur Izlyn Binte Zaini shot off the blocks hoping to clear the 10 hurdles smoothly and crossed the finish line without feeling too much pain.
Nur Izlyn Binte Zaini celebrates her unexpected bronze medal in the 100m hurdles race.
The national record holder was not expecting much coming to the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Three weeks before the Games, the 21-year-old had tweaked her hamstring which threw her training plans off schedule.
Looking up at the giant electronic scoreboard, Izlyn could not hide her surprise. Completing the women’s 100m hurdles race in 13.92 seconds, the 21-year-old had actually won a bronze medal behind Indonesia’s Nova Emilia (13.61s) and Vietnam’s Thi Yen Hoa Tran (13.75s).
Bernice Liew is the first runner for Singapore’s 4x100m relay.
Having set a new national record of 13.88s in May this year at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships in Arkansas, Izlyn is simply delighted to be coming back into form.
“I feel very happy with this unexpected win but I am happier to be coming close to my personal best,” said the Georgia Southern University senior. “Because of the injury, I am really only in my conditioning phase of training. So, this performance and podium finish came as a surprise.”
Having won the bronze medal in the same event at the previous Games in Kuala Lumpur, Izlyn was focused on getting “out of the blocks powerful and attacking the first hurdle.”
Goh Chui Ling completing her 800m race.
“I got to execute the first part of the race the way I wanted it up until the 7th hurdle where I knocked it and slightly lost balance,” said Izlyn. “But I managed to counter it and finished the race.”
With this bronze medal as a confidence booster, Izlyn will head back to the United States to continue her training. There, she is hoping to qualify for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regionals and then the nationals.
In the men's 110m hurdles, Singapore's Awyong Liang Qi set a personal best of 14.31s in finishing sixth. His counterpart Ang Chen Xiang finished in eighth place with a timing of 14.49s.
Singapore’s high jumper Michelle Sng in action
Double bronze medallist Shanti Pereira ran in the women’s 4x100m relay, teaming up with Bernice Liew, Kugapriya d/o Chandran and Clara Goh to clock 45.37s in finishing sixth. In the 800m women’s final, Goh Chui Ling finished fifth out of nine with a timing of 2:12.47s. Singapore’s high jumper Michelle Sng finished joint-fifth out of seven with a height of 1.75m after failing to clear 1.78m.