Shermaine Tung: Spirit lost and found

The comeback is one of sport's most demanding character tests. In a continuing series, The Straits Times charts the varying journeys of five remarkable SEA Games athletes.

After taking a break as a pentathlete to take up canoeing, Shermaine Tung dived back into the sport and will be representing Singapore for the first time at this year's SEA Games.
Shermaine Tung, part of a three-member Games team, will compete in the individual beach biathle and triathle, and mixed-relay beach biathle and triathle in the Philippines. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Shermaine Tung, part of a three-member Games team, will compete in the individual beach biathle and triathle, and mixed-relay beach biathle and triathle in the Philippines. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Beneath the 1.55m, 47kg bubbly package that is Shermaine Tung is an athlete trained in the art of contradiction.

She swims, shoots and runs in the sport of modern pentathlon but is terrified of open water and cannot stand being still.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 28, 2019, with the headline 'Spirit lost and found'. Print Edition | Subscribe