Saturday, 7 January 2012
Celebrity Profile - Shizo Kanakuri.
Kanakuri is celebrated as the father of the Marathon in Japan despite holding an unchallenged world record for the slowest ever recorded time.
At the V Olympics in Sweden Kanakuri disappeared during the marathon. He lost consciousness due to the heat and was cared for by a farming family before returning to Japan without notifying race officials. The authorities considered him missing for 50 years. In 1966 he was contacted by Swedish Television and offered to complete his run.
He set a time of 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 8 hours, 32 minutes and 20.379 seconds.