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

(Newser) – 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.

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.
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)
Kelly Gneiting poses for a portrait before wrestling during a training and demonstration session for the US Sumo Open at Carson High School on March 18, 2005 in Carson, California.
Kelly Gneiting poses for a portrait before wrestling during a training and demonstration session for the US Sumo Open at Carson High School on March 18, 2005 in Carson, California.   (Getty Images)
Kelly Gneiting of the USA prepares himself before the start of the US Sumo Open at the Los Angeles Convention Center on March 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.
Kelly Gneiting of the USA prepares himself before the start of the US Sumo Open at the Los Angeles Convention Center on March 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.   (Getty Images)
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