Wife-carrying championship in Finland.

Wife-carrying champs Taisto Miettinen and Kristiina Haapanen win again

Legend has it that the sport of wife-carrying is based on the story of Finnish thief Herkko Rosvo-Ronkainen, who was stated to steal food and women from nearby villages and run off carrying them over his head.




The pair were victorious in the novelty race in Sonkajarvi on Sunday, taking the title for the third consecutive year.

No other couple in the 16-year history of the competition has managed to take three successive wife-carrying championships.

The event sees husbands sprint 250 metres, leap hurdles and then cross a water pool in around one minute.

Throughout, each man must carry his ‘wife’ – competitors do not have to be married – over his shoulders, with her legs wrapped around his neck.

However, their latest victory was hard-earned, with Taisto and Kristiina taking the victory by less than a second.

Miettinen said: ‘The course was trickier this year due to the water obstacle, which was deeper.

‘The weather conditions were also particularly tough, 30 degrees C is too much for me.’

As befitting any true champions, he then revealed that dedicated preparation – in this case practicing the course in ski boots beforehand – was the key to their victory.

The pair will now enjoy Kristiina’s weight in beer as their prize.








Wife-carrying champs Taisto Miettinen and Kristiina Haapanen win again



 

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