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24th October 2011
Photo reblogged from Obscure Oddities with 378 notes
Shizo Kanakuri disappeared during a marathon in the 1912 Olympics. He was listed as a missing person for 50 years until a journalist managed to track him down, living peacefully in southern Japan. When asked as to why he disappeared during the Olympics, he explained that he had become overcome with thirst, stopped at a garden party to refresh himself, and then boarded a train, and then sailed home to Japan, too ashamed to tell anyone he had left in the middle of the marathon. In 1966, he was invited back to Sweden to finish his race. His final time was 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 8 hours, 32 minutes, and 20.2 seconds - the longest record in history.