400-Pound Man Finishes LA Marathon

Former sumo wrestler may have set world record
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2011 7:00 AM CDT
Former Sumo Wrestler Kelly Gneiting, 400 Pounds, Completes Los Angeles Marathon
Sumo Wrestler Kelly Gneiting, who weighs 400 pounds, prepares to wrestle during the 2005 USA National SUMO Championship on June 4, 2005 in North Bergen, New Jersey.   (Getty Images)

Former sumo wrestler Kelly Gneiting weighs 400 pounds, and he may have just set a Guinness world record in a different sport: the marathon. Gneiting completed the Los Angeles Marathon yesterday in nine hours, 48 minutes, and 52 seconds, the Los Angeles Times reports, almost exactly a two-hour improvement over his 2008 time. "I did it, but it was hell," says the 40-year-old. "Pure hell. Twice, blisters popped and just about brought me to my knees." Gneiting, who has a 60-inch waist, walked and jogged his way through the marathon. Guinness must review his results before naming him the heaviest person to complete a marathon. (More marathon stories.)

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