Kelly Gneiting, 400-pound Sumo wrestler, sets Guinness World Record as heaviest person to complete a marathon

By on Mar 22, 2011 in Lifestyle, United States Comments

Kelly Gneiting, a 400-pound Sumo wrestler, now sets a new Guinness World Record as the heaviest person to complete a marathon.

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Kelly Gneiting at LA Marathon 2011
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According to US news sites on Sunday, March 20, 2011, Kelly Gneiting made a new Guinness World Record by being the heaviest man to finish a marathon, during the Los Angeles marathon.

Gneiting, 40, a three-time US national champion sumo wrestler, finished the marathon on Sunday, with the official time of 9:48:11, LA Times reported. (Some reports say 42 seconds.)

He beat his own previous unofficial record of 11 hours 52 minutes and 11 seconds back in 2008.

Apparently, the 6-foot tall self-proclaimed ‘Fat Man’ with waistline measuring about 5 feet, weighed exactly 400 pounds before he joined the marathon in LA and weighed 396.2 lbs after the race.

Kelly Gneiting was said to have jogged the first eight miles but walked the final 18 miles, and was the last one from the 11,891 runners to finish the race, who later dubbed his act as “pure hell”.

Interestingly, reports said he walked on the side street and had to obey traffic rules during his final moment of the marathon since most of the roads have been reopened.

“I’d like to see the Kenyan improve his marathon time by two hours,” Gneiting said jokingly.

“I was really struggling in the last five miles. But I said to myself, ‘If I have to crawl, I will.'” He added.

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