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Broken

The Taipei Universiade 2017 is over, and with it the most amazing photography experience I’ve ever had.

In the coming weeks I’ll have plenty of images to share, but today there’s just one that I wanted to show.

This photo was from the quarterfinal match between Taiwan and Japan. Taiwan was the underdog and won the first set, but Japan took control of the match and the remaining three sets were a rout.

Meng Hua Yang, the Libero for Taiwan, was sitting on the bench when Japan scored the last point of the match, and in this photo she just stood up to approach the net and congratulate the Japanese players for the victory.

I spent most of my time taking pics of the Taiwanese female volleyball team, so this shot broke my heart. After the match I didn’t go to sleep until 2am to process some images and upload them on FB and Flickr, but I didn’t touch this picture until the end of the Universiade. I really wish the ending of the match would have shown her running to her teammates in a burst of joy, with a Japanese flag laying low on the ground, but it wasn’t meant to be.

She played the whole tournament with an injury in the left arm.

“Pain is temporary. It may last for a minute, or an hour or a day, or even a year. But eventually, it will subside. And something else take its place. If I quit, however, it will last forever.”

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