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Second-time win for Parviainen in wife-carrying world championship

Ville Parviainen and Sari Viljanen from Vantaa trounced the competition to take Finland’s 2015 wife-carrying world championship in Sonkajärvi, eastern Finland Saturday. The result was the second consecutive win for Parviainen, who competed with a different partner in 2014.

Eukonkannon mestaripari vesiesteellä.
The winning team take on the water challenge in the 2015 wife-carrying world championship. Image: Veli-Pekka Hämäläinen / Yle

Villa Parviainen and Sari Viljanen beat the competition’s demanding obstacle course in a time of just over one minute (1:02) to take the 2015 world championship title.

Last year, Parviainen teamed up with Janette Oksman to complete the race in a similar time – albeit one second slower – to win the championship. Parviainen has attributed his winning series to his participation in crossfit training.

Previous winner Taisto Miettinen placed second with his partner Krista Haapalainen, while third place went to the Russians Sagal Dmitriy and Loginova Anastasia Moskova

Other winners in this year’s competition included the Estonian couple Janno Sild and Anu Viljandi, who won in the senior’s category in a time of 1:31.

Victors in the team event were Toni Hynynen,  Mika Suomalainen, Joni Juntunen Joni and Jaana Haavikko.

The international competition fielded teams from Estonia, Russia, Lithuania, France, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Belgium and Japan.

A full list of the results is available on the competition website.

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