Sporting Life

Thanks dad, for telling me about your heroes

My initial sporting education came from a man who swore he'd been a scientific boxer though his grand and broken nose suggested otherwise. This is my dad. Almost 83, as sportingly old-fashioned as a wooden racket, a man who can't remember the movie he saw yesterday but can't forget Roger Bannister who first broke four minutes for the mile and died this week.

"He was a medical student, you know," he says on the phone.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2018, with the headline 'Thanks dad, for telling me about your heroes'. Print Edition | Subscribe