Four-Hundred-Pound Arizona Blob Becomes Heaviest Man to Complete Marathon
Most people who weigh 400-plus pounds can barely make their way from the couch to the refrigerator. Not Arizona-based sumo wrestler Kelly Gneiting, 40, who became the Guinness-certified "heaviest man to complete a marathon" over the weekend when he finished the LA Marathon yesterday.
Gneiting weighed in at an even 400 pounds when he started the race. When he finished -- 9 hours, 48 minutes, and 42 seconds later -- he weighed in at 396.2 pounds.
Gneiting ran for an impressive-for-a-fat-guy eight miles during the race, walking the remaining 18.
Gneiting finished the LA Marathon in 2008 in 11 hours and 52 minutes. However, he wasn't weighed before or after the race, so he wasn't credited with the record of "heaviest man to complete a marathon.
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According to the Huffington Post, Gneiting won three sumo wrestling National Championships in the US between 2005 and 2007. He competed in Japan in 2006, where he placed 5th place in the World Sumo Championship.
Despite his bulky build, Gneiting told the LA Times "I honestly think I'm one of the best athletes in the world."
We have a feeling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald might disagree, but Gneiting is certainly impressive -- as far as 400-pounders go.
See some video below.
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