Sporting Life

From across the planet comes the same lesson: Try, Try, try

A South Korean is crying in South Carolina and it is a lovely thing. Because after days of control she has permission to let her composure crack. Because tears are an insight into effort and a clue to the emotion athletes invest into sport. Because it doesn't matter what language you speak you can feel her utter relief. No translator is required here, which is a good thing, because even the translator is crying.

Lee6 Jeong-eun - the number separates her from similarly named golfing compatriots - is crying because she's just won a Major, the US Women's Open, and she knows how difficult it is to win anything in sport. Every athlete will understand. There are so very many of them, so very few trophies, and so very little time.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2019, with the headline 'From across the planet comes the same lesson: Try, Try, try'. Print Edition | Subscribe