In a punishing temple of iron, national athletes lift their game

The hard, repetitious labour of athletes is rarely documented. And so Assistant Sports Editor Rohit Brijnath and Executive Photojournalist Ng Sor Luan spent two days in a gym reserved for national athletes to watch them train.

Silat exponent Sheik Farhan Sheik Alau’ddin loading the bar as he practices squats. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
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The Olympic sailor is grinning in awe, the silat champion is straining in silence.

“Farhan’s breaking the gym,” laughs Kimberly Lim.

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