In the mano event of pelota basque, the ball is played with the bare hand. This event was played on the 36 metres frontón, but mano is also contested in the trinquete, a field enclosed by four walls.
The top four nations of the 1990 World Championships qualified for the Olympic demonstrations in Barcelona, although only one of the actual medal winners showed in Barcelona (Bernard Muguida). Defending World Champion Spain breezed through the competition, winning 22-0, 22-1, 22-10, 22-2 and 22-12. Rubén Beloqui (or Beloki in Basque) would turn professional right after the Olympics. In 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2001, he won the Campeonato Manomanista, the most important professional mano competition and unofficial World Championships.