Sporting Life

With a finite lifespan in sport, an athlete's greatest foe is time

Every day, in the darkness, alarms go off across this city. Airport workers stretch, nurses yawn, parents sigh, athletes groan. Some of these people rise from their slumber, some awake to their dreams. The young athletes' alarm goes off not merely because the morning is a fine time to train but because the alarm is also symbolic of an urgency: it's telling athletes, wake, go, sweat, push.

Time is short.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 22, 2018, with the headline 'With a finite lifespan in sport, an athlete's greatest foe is time'. Print Edition | Subscribe