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An Act of Sportsmanship During the Boston Marathon

By Nicole Yang, Boston.Com, 04/17/18, 12:00PM CDT

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"To me, this shows that they are in it to get an American to win, regardless of which on it is."

Shalane Flanagan pulled a surprising detour during the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon Monday.

Over an hour into the race, Flanagan stopped to use what announcers referred to as a “portable facility.” The move seemed atypical for an elite runner, but iconic marathoner Katherine Switzer said on the WBZ broadcast Flanagan should be able to make up for the time lost because of the field’s slower pace.