Back up to: The Essay
5/5 Gillian Slovo considers the nobility of mising the podium and coming 'fourth' in sport.
4/5 Matthew Syed explores how 'luck' is a big factor in winning and losing in sport.
3/5 Geoff Dyer celebrates sporting competitors who have shown 'grace'.
2/5 Writer Kamila Shamsie considers sportspeople who have always used 'guile'.
1/5 Writer Colin Thubron on how we have to 'challenge' to achieve in the sporting world.