Sep 28 2009

War hero Smith shadows the pain of defeat


At first, Graeme Smith walked with his head bowed, and perhaps felt sick to his bones. But then the mood touched him, and it lifted him

Heroes in defeat often provide the most poignant memories in sport. Graeme Smith’s hobble back to the dressing room after being dismissed tonight must rank as the most moving moment of this tournament so far, and is likely to remain so. It made the local crowd overcome their great sadness to rise to applaud the valiance of the man who had battled the odds all evening.

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