Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sumo Suit Athletics World Championships

It is a day for world championship stories, isn't it? First the Gurning World Championships, now this - though I have to point out that the Sumo Suit Athletics World Championships took place in July and I didn't start blogging till August. Still, I would be remiss if I didn't write something about it.

Taking place on the Battersea Track (home to the Serpintine Running Club - "possibly the largest running and triathlon club in Britain"), the second annual Sumo Suit Championships are traditional track and field events performed while wearing a sumo suit. Competitors vie for victory in the 100m and 400m runs, the long jump, high jump, and shot put. Not surprisingly (since it was only the second championship), several world records were set this year, in fact - due to a change to smaller suits for the women this year - world records were set in all the women's events.

Words really can't do this event justice, so here is video of Sky News' coverage of the event.

Telegraph (photo)
Sumo Suit Athletics
Sky News (via YouTube)
Serpintine Running Club

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