locked in a tight competition for...

yuna

Senior Member
Korea/Korean
Hello,
there an expression whose meaning I want to confirm.


... Because these practices affected millions of Americans, they are locked in a tight competition for the greatest medical error on record. (from : NY TIMES - Testing What We Think We Know)​


Does this phrase suggest that they- the medical practices - are both so huge errors that they deserve the title 'greatest'?

Thanks in advance.
 
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