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Monday, July 3, 2006

World Wife-Carrying Championship Results

Posted by on July 3 at 10:15 AM

It’s official, Estonian Margo Uusorg is the new world wife-carrying champion, after winning the 11th annual contest in Sonkajarvi, Finland. Some credit is also due to his wife, Sandra Kullas, who “clung to his back upside down with her feet around his neck” as Uusorg raced along a 250-meter track complete with pools and hurdles.

The contest is of course held to commemorate the legend of Rosvo-Ronkainen, who made people trying to join his gang run through a forest carrying heavy sacks. Replace the heavy sacks with young brides, and you’ve got yourself a world-class athletic event!

Uusorg and Kullas received laptops and the wife’s weight in beer (49 kilograms) for their record-setting 56.9-second effort.