Quote Of The Day
“I thought it was worse because I never experienced so harsh a pain as that moment. So I thought I broke my bone. I thought, ‘my foot is definitely broken.’ We then found it wasn’t broken but the ligaments were torn. It’s a little bit strange – at one moment I’m trying the world record and a few moments later I can’t even walk. … If you want to push yourself to a world record, you have to understand that there is only one human being in this whole universe who has done that. And there is definitely a reason. Me approaching a world record, I’m definitely trying 120 percent. You can’t go for a world record thinking, ‘Oh, I’m going to be careful, I’m only going 80 percent.’ That doesn’t work. It’s a world record for a reason so you have to give everything you have. Despite what might happen later. … But in terms of having more respect for it, I think it’s the opposite for me. That attempt gave me so much confidence, that actually I lost respect for the record. I thought, ‘You know what? I almost had it.’ So it’s actually given me that extra push. Next time I’ll have it. Now I know how to deal with it.”
– Olympic high jump silver medalist Mutaz Essa Barshim talking about his close world record attempt last year which ended his season after he needed surgery on torn ligaments in his ankle.
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