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Italian track meet near earthquake canceled to focus on recovery


RIETI, ITALY - JULY 18: A general view of the Women’s Heptathlon 100m Hurdles during the European Athletics Junior Championships 2013 on July 18, 2013 in Rieti, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

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An annual track and field meet in Rieti, Italy, about 40 to 50 miles from the hardest-hit areas from Wednesday’s earthquake and aftershocks that have killed at least 267 people, has been canceled in order to devote resources to recovery.

The meet was due to take place Sept. 11.

The Rieti athletics meeting has been held every year since 1971, highlighted by recent men’s world records in the 100m (Asafa Powell, 2007) and the 800m (David Rudisha, 2010).

Meet director Sandro Giovannelli said €60,000 (or about $68,000) generated from the Rieti meet the last three years would be contributed toward earthquake reconstruction efforts.

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