A United States athlete, 23-year-old Frank Shorter, has set the fastest-ever time for the Pan-American Games marathon event.
LV Start of race, competitors around track
GV Runners through streets, number 46 Alvaro of Colombia leading
SV Number 58 followed by number 32, Rankarran, Guyana, running through streets
SV Number 48 past
GV Crowds outside stadium
LV Shorter of U.S.A. in final stretch through streets (2 shots)
LV PAN FROM spectators at stadium entrance to cameramen running with camera followed by Shorter
SV Shorter crosses finish line
SV Cameramen around Shorter
LV Shorter across field
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Background: A United States athlete, 23-year-old Frank Shorter, has set the fastest-ever time for the Pan-American Games marathon event. He won the race at the games in Cali, Colombia, on Thursday (August 5) with a win of two hours, 22 minutes 47 seconds -- despite suffering crippling diarrhoea pains which put him out of the race at one stage. Second, only three minutes behind Shorter, was Mexico's Jose Garcia. Colombia's Hernan Barreneche came third. It was Shorter's second gold medal in the current games -- earlier he won the 10,000 metres event.
SYNOPSIS: The Pan-American games in Cali, Colombia -- and the start of the marathon event. The gruelling race, run through the city streets, was a triumph over pain for United States athlete Frank Shorter, who was suffering from severe diarrhoea pains which put him out of the race at one point. He carried on, however, despite the pain -- and exhaustion from winning the gold medal in the 10,000 metre event earlier in the games.
Shorter eventually crossed the finishing line to take the gold medal -- and set the fastest-ever time for the Pan-American marathon with two hours, 22 minutes, 47 seconds. Second was Jose Garcia of Mexico, only three minutes behind Shorter, and third was Hernan Barreneche of Colombia.