Dirk Lotriet
2 minute read
30 Jul 2021
8:00 am

Fathers and sons who share strong bond are winners

Dirk Lotriet

Medals are wonderful, but to me, the memories I am about to make with my son are worth more than gold.

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There are discussions that can only take place between a father and son. My son, who lives in Cape Town, is a running fanatic and the past two weeks we have been in constant contact aboutthe Olympic Games in Tokyo. “I enjoy the swimming and rowing and all the other stuff,” he told me. “But in the end, you have to concede that there are really only five events – the men’s 800m, 1 500m, 5 000m, 10 000m and marathon. The rest are sideshows.” We have agreed on our favourites: Botswana’s Nijel Amos in the 800, the Ugandan superstars...