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BEFORE THE COMPETITION

Published Oct. 6, 2005

Chris Taylor of Ohio prepares on Friday morning for the Prolog race on Davis Islands' Channel Drive. About 120 of the world's best wheelchair athletes are expected to compete in the Gasparilla Distance Classic today beginning at 8 a.m. The performance of racers in the half-mile Prolog determined their starting position in the wheelchair division of the 15-kilometer race.