1912 Olympics Lost Runner

An interesting comment was left by 'Nello' on the Top 100 April Fool's Day hoaxes board regarding the 26-day Marathon (in which a British paper reported that a Japanese runner thought he had to run for 26 days, not 26 miles, and was spotted still running on the country roads of England). Since it involves a story from the Olympics I thought it was especially timely. Here it is:

A real story coming out of the Stockholm marathon at the Olympics in 1912
involved a Japanese runner named Kanikuri, who simply disappeared during the
race. Nobody had any idea of what became of him until 50 years later, when
Kanikuri finally appeared to explain how and why he went AWOL. He was about
halfway through the marathon, when he took some well-meaning spectators up
on their offer to stop for a drink. Embarrassed by his lack of discipline,
Kanikuri abruptly hopped on a tram and left for home without a word to
This has really happened!!! In Sweden years after the olympics, people still
claimed they had seen him, still running.


Posted on Sat Aug 14, 2004

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shut eye Reminds me of a old joke.

Big chief about to die, sends for top three braves
He tell braves go out and hunt for two moons, the one who comes back with the most bear pelts will be new chief
two moons later red cloud returns with 5 pelts
then jumping dear returned with 7 pelts. But the third brave, falling rocks never came back. They searched and searched but never found him, and to this very day there are signs thoughout the country, watch out for falling rocks.
Posted by Darrell  in  Virginia  on  Mon Aug 16, 2004  at  03:27 PM
haha cute
Posted by john  in  NH  on  Mon Aug 16, 2004  at  04:37 PM
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