Lithuanian Couple Wins Wife-Carrying Championship

The World Wife-Carrying Championship, now in its 23rd year, draws thousands of visitors to a small town in Finland of 4,200 and has gained followers across the world. There are official qualifying competitions in countries including the US, United Kingdom, Sweden and Estonia. On Saturday, 53 couples from 13 countries joined the competition.

The idea of wife-carrying as a sport was inspired by the 19th-century legend of Ronkainen the Robber, who tested aspiring members of his gang by forcing them to carry sacks of grain or live pigs over a similar course.

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