A Lithuanian couple accomplished an almost 300-yard sprint over the weekend to win the title of ‘spouse carrying’ world champions for the second yr in a row.

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Vytautas Kirkliauskas ran the 278-yard impediment course in Sonkajarvi, Finland in only one minute and 6.72 seconds on Saturday, all whereas his spouse Neringa was strapped to his again.

“After the second impediment I believed I would not make, however it’s an important consequence,” Kirkliauskas mentioned, including, “my spouse, she is the very best.”

Lithuanian couple Vytautas Kirkliauskas, right, and Neringa Kirkliauskiene celebrate their victory in the wife carrying race, a 278-yard obstacle course, during the 24th world championships in Sonkajarvi, Finland, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

Lithuanian couple Vytautas Kirkliauskas, proper, and Neringa Kirkliauskiene have a good time their victory within the spouse carrying race, a 278-yard impediment course, through the 24th world championships in Sonkajarvi, Finland, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photograph/David Keyton)

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The Kirkliauskas gained the event for a second consecutive yr, beating the six-time world champion Taisto Miettinen of Finland and his new companion Katja Kovanen.

{Couples} from over a dozen international locations, together with Australia, France and Germany, took half within the annual race, which solely requires that the girl have to be over 17-years-old and weigh no less than 108 kilos.

People take part in the wife carrying race, a 278-yard obstacle course, during the 24th world championships in Sonkajarvi, Finland, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

Folks participate within the spouse carrying race, a 278-yard impediment course, through the 24th world championships in Sonkajarvi, Finland, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photograph/David Keyton)

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The burden of the feminine contestant performs an essential function within the competitors because the winners get to carry residence the spouse’s weight in beer.

“The heavier the spouse, the extra beer for them,” Eero Pitkanen, the competitors’s founder, mentioned.

Regardless of the occasion’s title, {couples} do not truly need to be married. Organizers say male contestants might “steal a neighbor’s spouse” if they do not have a feminine companion.

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The occasion is impressed by a 19th-century Finnish legend, “Ronkainen the Robber,” through which a gang pillages villages and steals the ladies. The size of the impediment course is alleged to be the gap wanted to keep away from being shot by pursuers.

Despite the event's name couples don't have to be married, and organizers say male contestants could "steal a neighbor's wife" if they didn't have a female companion. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

Regardless of the occasion’s title {couples} do not need to be married, and organizers say male contestants might “steal a neighbor’s spouse” in the event that they did not have a feminine companion. (AP Photograph/David Keyton)

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Revived in 1992, the custom now has males carry their teammate in varied methods, although a preferred technique is for the girl to hold upside-down on the again on the male contestant along with her legs round his shoulders. The recognition of spouse carrying races has unfold exterior Finnish borders, with nationwide competitions held in Australia, Poland, England and the US.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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