Lithuanian couple defends world wife-carrying championship title

SONKAJARVI, Finland – A Lithuanian couple obtained the World Wife-Carrying Championship for a second time in a row inside the Finnish metropolis of Sonkajarvi on Saturday, triumphing in a contest the place males full an obstacle course with their wives slung over their shoulders.

Each yr, the championship attracts a whole lot of vacationers to the town of solely about 4,000 inhabitants in central Finland. Saturday’s opponents have been the 24th yr it has been held.

Having gained followers all through the world, preliminary competitions had been held in nations such as a result of the United States, Australia, Poland, and Britain, organizers talked about on their site.

Among the 2 dozen contesting, Vytautas Kirkliauskas and his partner Neringa Kirkliauskiene bought right here out on prime for a second straight yr, ending a 253.5 meter (277 yards) obstacle course that features a water lure in 1 minute and 6 seconds.

The Lithuanian couple claimed the first place prize – consisting of the partner’s weight in beer – after beating six-time champion Taisto Miettinen of Finland and his companion Katja Kovanen by the slimmest of margins – 0.1 seconds.

“I was looking at the watch and I thought I’m not going to make it, but we did it,” Kirkliauskas talked about.

Wife-carrying as a sport drew inspiration from the 19th-century legend of Ronkainen the Robber, who compelled would-be members of his gang to indicate their mettle by carrying sacks of grain or keep pigs over the identical course.

The opponents might be talked about to look once more to a good earlier apply of wife-stealing – foremost many present-day contestants to compete with one other individual’s partner.

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