This is a story about a talented wrestler who couldn’t keep his weight down to fit in wrestling’s heavyweight class so he became a Champion Sumo Wrestler… Yesterday Kelly Gneiting ran the LA marathon in 9 hours, 48 minutes.
From LA Times:
“I did it, but it was hell,” Gneiting, 40, said, shortly after crossing the finish line in Santa Monica. “Pure hell.” Featured in a Times profile last week, Gneiting is a former national champion sumo wrestler with a 60-inch waist who weighed in just before the race at 400 pounds.
Consider the gauntlet thrown, speedsters of the world. If it takes a 400 pound man to show you what real achievement is, well, consider it done! …He did remark that in shaving two hours off his previous eleven hour time he accomplished more in improving his performance than any Olympic marathoner ever could. You heard that, Gebrselassie: a sumo wrestler just called you out, sir. In order to equal his improvement, Gebrselassie would have to not only go below the two hour mark (something no international competitor has ever done,) but get to somewhere around the 1:40 mark to match Gneitling’s improvement. From http://www.sbnation.com