Sporting Life

Time after time athletes face same challenge: go faster

The athlete exists in another dimension of time. He is old at 35, wakes up before the world and is judged daily by his watch. His success is measured in snippets and slices of a second but finding it requires endurance. Fast times take time.

For the spectator it's a wonderful wait, for the athlete often an agonising one. They don't know how long it will take to find .05 of a second. Or where to find it. In a diet, the psychologist's room, a new coach, a better body position? Every faster time found is both science and faith.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 23, 2019, with the headline 'Time after time athletes face same challenge: go faster'. Print Edition | Subscribe