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  • 21 March 2011, 9:19

Sumo wrestler runs marathon

Kelly Gneiting (right) /PA

A 400lb sumo wrestler has become the heaviest man to ever complete a marathon.

Kelly Gneiting ran the Los Angeles Marathon in 9 hours 48 minutes 52 seconds, reports the LA Times.

He smashed the past Guinness world record of 275 pounds and also beat his predecessor's 2008 marathon time of 11:52:11.

"I'd like to see the Kenyan improve his marathon time by two hours," he joked.

Mr Gneiting jogged the first eight miles and walked the final 18, saying afterward that he lost track of where he was after mile 10 because he felt "delirious".

He finished the 26.2-mile race despite heavy rains and strong winds.

For much of the race, he was also forced to obey traffic signals and walk on the sidewalk because he was walking far more slowly than the 13-minute-per-mile-pace used for calculating street reopenings.

"I was really struggling in the last five miles but I said to myself: "If I have to crawl, I will"," he said.

 

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