Sporting Life

The best but most unsparing teacher in sport: Losing

Singapore swimmer Theresa Goh looks agonisingly at the scoreboard after the 100m breaststroke-SB4 final at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. She was fourth. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
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SINGAPORE - On a sporting scoreboard is listed the unarguable truth of life. Which is why when her 100m breaststroke is over at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, Theresa Goh doesn't want to turn around and look at it, doesn't want to register the result of her nervous swim in an event she was one of the favourites to win.

"I was dreading turning around. I thought maybe if I don't look, the universe will change and I will win a medal. But I knew deep down the swim was not what I wanted and I didn't want to turn and confirm it."

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