Finland Couple Wins International Wife-Carrying Competition

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Vytatutas Kirkliauskas, with his wife Neringa, has won the annual international won wife-carrying championship that was held in Finland on Saturday.

The second runner up won cases of beer the equivalent to the weight of his wife.

It was the second consecutive victory for the Lithuanian couple in the international event, held for the 31st time in Sonkajarvi, Finland.

The couple ran an 830-foot obstacle course, walking in mud and crossing waist-high water and wooden barriers in one minute and 6.72 seconds.

Their finish was only one second better than the effort of six-time winner Taisto Miettinen and new partner Katja Kovanen.

Contestants from a dozen countries took part in the event, inspired by a Finnish folk legend involving the kidnapping of women by pillagers. Despite the name, team members need not be married, although the passenger must weigh at least 108 pounds.

The most common technique in Saturday’s event called for the woman contestant to hang upside-down across the male contestant’s back, her legs wrapped around his neck as he ran the course.

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