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BIZARRE: Gravy Wrestling World Championships

Wednesday, August 31 2016 by SNTV
  • Gravy wrestlers battled it out at the 10th edition of the annual World Gravy Wrestling Championships in Lancashire, England on Monday (29th August).

    Obscure fancy dress, 1500 litres of brown liquid and a late summer's day in rural England can mean only one thing.....the Gravy Wrestling World Championships!

    The Rose 'n' Bowl pub, in Lancashire, hosted the annual event on Monday. And with fancy dress compulsory, 16 men and six women were bidding to lift a piece of silverware.

    Competitors were judged on entertainment value as well as skill, but what are the finer technical and technical aspects required for victory?

    SOUNDBITE (English) Zoe Johnston, competitor:

    "Just go for it. There is no technique, you just go for it."

    SOUNDBITE (English) Rachel Pidutti Williams, ladies' world champion 2016:

    "You need to be able to get down low to really push your opponent over. And you need to be quick - and agile."

    Rachel Williams, a 32-year-old Scottish school teacher, won the women's event, whilst 18-year-old student Paddy Sharkey emerged victorious in the men's contest.

    Not quite a Gold medal in Rio, but both winners were all smiles on the rather sticky podium.

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