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Religious fanatic disrupts Olympic Marathon.

Attack on race leader mars marathon; Brazilian finishes third after being grabbed by man in costume
>>The intruder had a piece of paper attached to his back bearing the message: ?The Grand Prix Priest: Israel Fulfillment of Prophecy Says the Bible.? Police identified him as Cornelius Horan, an Irish citizen. In July 2003, Horan, in a costume similar to the one he wore Sunday, ran onto the track at the British Grand Prix in the middle of the race and stayed there for more than 20 seconds, forcing racers to swerve around him. He was carrying a sign that said, ?read the Bible ? the Bible is always right.?

I really feel sorry for Lima -- he did look to be tiring a bit before the incident, but who knows whether he would have held on for the gold (he was about 30 seconds in front at the time).

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Lima took it well, no griping or anything that I heard. It was a good race.

God save us from religious fanatics.

Dan

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Reading the article about the guy's past antics, I think it goes past religious fanatic to just a fanatic. He sounds like a danger to himself and others honestly.

He really does sound like a true nut case, an unusually odd mix of religion and sports just happens to be his hook.

But it was certainly a terrible injustice to the runner, even if there isn't much that can be done about it.

RogerNC

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I didn't see it, but shouldn't they have stopped the race and restarted it if there was someone on the track interfering with the runners?

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Hi, Josh.

The problem is that the attack happened when Lima was at mile 23 or a 26 mile race, and only one person was affected. Restarting would have been even worse for him, as it would have eliminated the 30 second lead he'd built up already. There really was no good answer other than what they did (which was essentially nothing, race-wise) -- in all likelihood he would have been caught anyway, but he was clearly shaken and "off his game" for a while after the incident, as anyone would be. Awarding him the special sportsmanship medal was probably about the best solution to a bad problem, under the circumstances.

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