American couple wins British wife carrying competition

An American couple retained their title in Britain’s hotly competitive Wife Carrying Championships. 
The 9th annual UK Wife Carrying Championship was held over the weekend. It’s an amateur sport, but wife-carrying is a unique and demanding discipline. The person carried has to weigh at least 110 pounds. Couples raced over a hilly 415-yard course, which features straw bale obstacles plus a splash zone. 
The winning couple set a British record, one minute and 40 seconds, beating their time of last year by 20 seconds. 
“Oh God we do a bit of training,” champion Jonathan Schwochert said.
The coveted prize is a barrel of ale. The winning pair will now compete in the world championships in Finland later this year. 

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