Wife Carrying A Very Popular And Amazing Sport

Wife Carrying

Wife carrying is a sport in which male competitors race while each carrying a female teammate. The objective is for the male to carry the female through a special obstacle track in the fastest time. The sport was first introduced at Sonkajärvi, Finland.

Several types of carry may be practised: piggyback, fireman’s carry (over the shoulder), or Estonian-style (the wife hangs upside-down with her legs around the husband’s shoulders, holding onto his waist).

Wife Carrying World Championships are held annually in Sonkajärvi, Finland since 1992 (where the prize depends on the wife’s weight in beer).

World Champions:
2013 – Taisto Miettinen (Finland) and Kristiina Haapanen (Finland).
2012 – Taisto Miettinen (Finland) and Kristiina Haapanen (Finland).
2011 – Taisto Miettinen (Finland) and Kristiina Haapanen (Finland).
2010 – Taisto Miettinen (Finland) and Kristiina Haapanen (Finland).
2009 – Taisto Miettinen (Finland) and Kristiina Haapanen (Finland).
2008 – Alar Voogla (Estonia) and Kirsti Viltrop (Estonia).
2007 – Madis Uusorg (Estonia) and Inga Klauso (Estonia), time 61.7 seconds.
2006 – Margo Uusorg (Estonia) and Sandra Kullas (Estonia), time 56.9 seconds.
2005 – Margo Uusorg (Estonia) and Egle Soll (Estonia), time 59 seconds.
2004 – Madis Uusorg (Estonia) and Inga Klauso (Estonia) time 65.3 seconds.
2003 – Margo Uusorg (Estonia) and Egle Soll (Estonia) time 60.7 seconds.
2002 – Meelis Tammre (Estonia) and Anne Zillberberg (Estonia) time 63.8 seconds.
2001 – Margo Uusorg (Estonia) and Birgit Ullrich (Estonia) time 55.6 seconds.
2000 – Margo Uusorg (Estonia) and Birgit Ullrich (Estonia),[14] time 55.5 seconds. (World record)
1999 – Imre Ambos (Estonia) and Annela Ojaste (Estonia) time 64.5 seconds.
1998 – Imre Ambos (Estonia) and Annela Ojaste (Estonia) time 69.2 seconds.
1997 – Mikkel Christensen (Finland) and Tiina Jussila (Finland) time 65 seconds.