Remember Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar’s Dum Laga Ke Haisha? Well, here’s a video that will make you believe that Haridwar (place where the film is set) wasn’t the only place where you can witness a wife-carrying competition. A similar event happens in Dorking, a city in Surrey, England.
Folklore has it that the weighty sport descends from a Scandinavian tradition, where raiders needed to be swift on their legs to escape when stealing womenfolk from neighbouring villages.
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Couples race over a hilly 415 yard (380 metre) course, which features straw bale obstacles, plus a splash zone, ensuring competitors get thoroughly soaked before heading to the finish line.
There is a minimum 110 pound (50 kilogram) weight rule for the wife or person being carried; some women carry men and others are same-sex pairings.
Entrants are weighed before the start of the race to ensure they meet this minimum weight requirement, and any under the threshold have to carry a rucksack of extra weight ballast to compete.
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American Jonathan Schwochert and his wife Charlotte Xiong took top honors in the quirky event for the second successive year.
Their time this year was a UK record, 1 minute and 40 seconds, beating their time of last year by 20 seconds. (With inputs from Reuters)
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