Sporting Life

Berthier's performance deserves a scream of approval

National fencer Amita Berthier. PHOTO: UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME/FENCING

The scream is the best part of Sunday. A scream loud and raw and poignant and from a place inside the gut only those trying to go to the Olympics will understand. A scream which arrives when she's on her knees in the end but is born from how she stood up against a challenge.

A scream which is a mix of relief, disbelief, joy and validation; a scream of everything given and no regrets; a scream which could find a place in the compilation of "Top Ten Olympic screams" which you can find on YouTube.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2021, with the headline 'Berthier's performance deserves a scream of approval'. Subscribe