Better Late...

Here's a rather bizarre article I stumbled upon the internet today, as featured on Greg Ross' page.

Shizo Kanakuri disappeared while running the marathon in the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm. He was listed as a missing person in Sweden for 50 years — until a journalist found him living placidly in southern Japan.

Overcome with heat during the race, he had stopped at a garden party to drink orange juice, stayed for an hour, then took a train to a hotel and sailed home the next day, too ashamed to tell anyone he was leaving.

There's a happy ending: In 1966 Kanakuri accepted an invitation to return to Stockholm and complete his run. His final time was 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 8 hours, 32 minutes and 20.3 seconds — surely a record that will never be broken.

Moral of the story? I don't know. Perhaps if you have to choose between a glass of orange juice and national pride, always pick the latter.


fiqss said...

..than never :P

Greg Ross said...

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