Sporting Life

When an unknown athlete rises, he sends an inspiring message

Aslan Karatsev is the first Slam debutant to reach the quarter-finals at a Major since Alex Radulescu at Wimbledon in 1996.
Aslan Karatsev is the first Slam debutant to reach the quarter-finals at a Major since Alex Radulescu at Wimbledon in 1996.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

You've practised for eight years, six days a week, five hours a day, but still you wait. When's it going to come? When will you hit that archery score or announce yourself with a fast time in the pool? When will it happen, that thing you believed and bled for?

The breakthrough.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 16, 2021, with the headline 'When an unknown athlete rises, he sends an inspiring message'. Subscribe