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I think we got that info in the Kuzneski book too - he (Polo) referenced it but didn't give the impression that it was as impressive as it is therefore downplaying it.
Perhaps, as is suggested in the story, he didn't think the people at home would believe him - it is quite a feat after all.
I thought it was because he thought no one would believe him and it might cause others to doubt the other amazing things he witnessed.
I would have to agree with you all, it does seem quite the omission though.
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