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Eugene World Championships

A track and field story: In the summer of 2011, the sport’s 13th world championships took place in Daegu, South Korea, an industrial city of more than 2.5 million wedged into a deep valley in the southeastern corner of the country. It was not an entirely unpleasant setting—an endless riot of neon signs and six-lane commercial boulevards, bordered on its distant boundaries by lush, green hillsides that seemed to rise from nowhere. As with many international sporting events, there was a vaguely Lost In Translation feel to every day, but on the scale of one-to-Sochi, it was just fine.

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