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article imageFinnish couple win 16th annual World Wife Carrying Championships

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By Christopher Bates
Jul 3, 2011 in Sports
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Stuck for places to take your partner? Well how about entering the World Wife Carrying Championships? The event, which is an export of Finland, was recently held in Sonkajarvi, as participants celebrated its 16th anniversary.
The event saw competitors flock from 11 countries around the globe, including the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia.
Each male is given the task of carrying their partner around a tricky obstacle course – and even through water!
Using Estonian-style carrying, each 'wife' must wrap her legs around her husband’s neck whilst hanging upside down. Not too pleasurable when fighting through the meter-deep water.
Other than Finland, the 'sport' is also popular in the United States and Hong Kong.
Even Dennis Rodman was on hand at the 2005 championships in Sonkajarvi, although a "lack of training" prevented him from competing.
The world record (55.5 seconds) is currently held by Margo Uusorg and Birgit Ullrich of Estonia, who set the record in 2000. The couple also won the race in 2001.
Margo has also won the championships with a further two 'wives' on a further three occasions (2003, 2005 and 2007), while his brother, Madis, won the competition in 2004 and 2007.
The current champions are Taisto Miettinen and Kristiina Haapanen of Finland, having captured their third consecutive championship.
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