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Published:July 4th, 2010 10:25 EST
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Finland Wins Wife-Carrying World Championship For Second Year In A Row

By Robert Paul Reyes


"Finland for the second year in a row took first place at the annual Wife-Carrying World Championships held in the central Finnish town of Sonkajaervi, organisers said Saturday.

wife carryingTaisto Miettinen, who was defending his champion title, raced through a 250-metre (273-yard) course with two hurdles and a pool in just over one minute four seconds, carrying Kristiina Haapanen on his back.

This year, 51 teams from 13 countries including Australia, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates competed in front of a crowd of 4,000." Read More

Finland doesn`t win many international sporting events; I bet that the small country declared a national holiday.

The United States will never host the "Wife-Carrying World Championships", the symbolism involved in a man carrying his wife on his back isn`t very complimentary to women.

It doesn`t have to be the wife that a contestant carries on his back, any woman will do. I think that makes this contest even more insulting to females.

The winner dangled his "wife" upside down over his back. Why would any woman participate in such a humiliating ordeal?

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