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Gregorio del Laboratorio goes to Spain: day 9

August 28, 1999

A low-key day on the town, though with much walking as usual. Took a one-hour boat tour along the Rio Guadalquivir and spent almost as long looking for a place to exchange currency.

For me, the moment of the championships came tonight at 9:07 p.m., when Abel Anton of Spain entered the stadium, about to win the men’s marathon. He received what must have been the ovation of his life from the ever-patriotic crowd. Then, in a race that had “made-for-TV movie” written all over it, Graves’ Disease-afflicted Gail Devers won the 100-meter hurdles, while breast cancer survivor Ludmilla Engquist of Sweden took third. Also, in the men’s long jump, Yago Lamela of Spain took second to Cuba’s Ivan Pedroso, again to the delight of the crowd.

Out on the marathon course: 25 kilometers done, 17.2 to go.
Out on the marathon course: 25 kilometers done, 17.2 to go.

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