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In lonely practice, sweaty athletes search for their perfect selves

Singapore shuttler Loh Kean Yew loses 21-6, 21-14 to Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia in the Badminton Asia Team Championships Group B opener, on Feb 16, 2022. PHOTO: BADMINTON ASIA
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The world champion sips water, rests on his haunches and contemplates his imprecision. It's practice day and consistency is eluding him after a few days of deserved rest. He lives in a world of margins so absurd - a centimetre separates a line from being missed or kissed - we can't even fathom it.

"Arrghh," he yells.

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