This chapter summarises the key arguments of the book, focusing on five key disjunctures between the dominant representations of marathon swimming and its lived realities. I argue that these represent a process of meaning-making in a particular social and cultural context, and as such, offer a productive path into thinking critically about the wider context within which those explanations make sense. The chapter concludes that the book’s critique of the rhetorics of mind over matter, the depoliticising of sport and the moral status of the sporting body are not confined to marathon swimming, but are also evident in the world of sport more widely. It also highlights the need to look critically at assumptions about the relation between sport and health.
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