Sporting Life

Great triathlete unlocks the scary truth about suffering

If you seriously want to know about sporting suffering; about how plain crazy sportspeople can be; about why athletes are scientists using themselves as lab rats to find out how much they can endure; about the pleasure found in pain and the ache for success; then this Yorkshire fellow is your man.

Jonny Brownlee has an Olympic triathlon silver (2016), an Olympic triathlon bronze (2012), is chasing an Olympic triathlon gold (2020), and needs to recite just one story about training on a Yorkshire dale to illustrate the truth of suffering.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2019, with the headline 'Great triathlete unlocks the scary truth about suffering'. Print Edition | Subscribe