Forget win, lose, placing. Forget wind, form, rival. Forget what you can't predict. In heat 1, lane 2, at JSC Lake in Palembang this morning, rower Joan Poh knows there is only one guarantee in her 2,000m single scull heat.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 19, 2018, with the headline 'Rowing against the painful tide'. Print Edition | Subscribe
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