400-Pound Sumo Wrestler Breaks World Record by Finishing Marathon
After crossing the finish line at the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, former U.S. sumo champion Kelly Gneiting broke the Guinness World Record for “Heaviest Person to Complete a Marathon.” Weighing exactly 400 pounds, Gneiting finished the marathon in 9 hours, 48 minutes and 42 seconds, having jogged the first 8 miles, then walking the last 18. For comparison, the winner of the marathon, Markos Geneti, finished it in slighty over 2 hours.
Gneiting told reporters that he was delirious around 10 miles in, and knew he reached mile 15 when a friend came along and brought him clean socks. He lost about four pounds from running the marathon alone.