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It's toe-to-toe, literally, in British contest

Monday, June 02, 2014 - 01:17

June 2 - Competitors at a British pub take their seats at the table for the 38th World Toe Wrestling Championships. Tara Cleary reports.

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Something's afoot at the Bentley Brook Inn in Derbyshire, England. It's the 38th World Toe Wrestling Championships. Event organizer, Edward Allingham says it's similar to arm wrestling … but not. SOUNDBITE: Event organizer, Edward Allingham, saying (English): "All you've got to do is get the other person's ankle to touch, or toes, to touch the other side of the board." Easier said than done, judging by the painful expressions on contestants' faces. And though toes are on the board, tongues are firmly in cheeks. SOUNDBITE: Unnamed female spectator, saying (English): "We've had sports psychologists talking to our toes. We've done some stamina training, flexibility training, agility training." The winning woman was Rebecca "Camille Toe" Beech and the man with the most dominant digits was Alan 'Nasty' Nash, who had some cracking good advice. SOUNDBITE: Alan 'Nasty' Nash, reigning toe wrestling champion, saying (English): "I prefer the long toes coming up against me because they snap easier." The first competition was held in 1976, as a way to find a new sport for Britain to dominate. And after all these years of toes in sweaty combat, there's definitely a smell … of success.

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It's toe-to-toe, literally, in British contest

Monday, June 02, 2014 - 01:17