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Shalane Flanagan Takes 13-Second Bathroom Break In The Middle Of The Boston Marathon

Here’s Shalane Flanagan, defending New York City Marathon champion and one of the best American runners of all time, sprinting to a porta-potty just before the halfway mark of this morning’s Boston Marathon:

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With some assistance from her fellow Americans—including Desi Linden, who appeared to wait for her—Flanagan caught back up to the pack a few minutes later. Journalist Jon Gault (who presumably has access to the uninterrupted media feed in Boston) timed Flanagan’s bathroom break:

Round up to 14 seconds for a hand time.

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Dennis Young

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