'Without my rifle, I'd feel lost': National shooter Jasmine Ser

In the first of a multi-part, fortnightly series which explores the relationship between athletes and their equipment, Rohit Brijnath speaks to national shooter Jasmine Ser about her air rifle

There is a Stradivarius violin known as The Messiah and a running god who made music in gold spikes. At the mixed zone at the Rio Olympics, a volunteer carried around Usain Bolt's glittering shoes as if they were precious instruments that required their own valet.

Creative folk - athletes, musicians, novelists - are bonded to their equipment like the author John Steinbeck was to his pencils. It is what they want to write history with. Steinbeck only used pencils till they reached a particular length and Bjorn Borg strung his rackets so tight that the strings would snap at night. Artists are allowed their minor eccentricities.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2019, with the headline ''Without my rifle, I'd feel lost''. Print Edition | Subscribe