Sporting Life: A professor of winning falls to puzzling defeat

Everyone great falls, it's how sport eventually gets even. Everyone brilliant trips, it's why we watch. Everyone exceptional collapses, it's how we remember invincibility is a notion not a truth.

No one is immune to the laws of sport, to loss and indignity, to frustration and falls. Even the ones with cabinets stuffed with trophies have a small storeroom of heartbreak.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 24, 2019, with the headline 'A professor of winning falls to puzzling defeat'. Print Edition | Subscribe