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Ouch, you kicked me!

Monday, June 02, 2014 - 01:03

June 2 - The 402nd Cotswold Olimpicks at Dover's Hill in England is once again headlined by the brutal world shin kicking championships. Tara Cleary reports.

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The Cotswold Olimpicks look pretty harmless … sack races, tug 'o war, wheelbarrow races. But this English crowd is anxiously awaiting the shin-kicking gladiators. As vicious as it looks, it's far tamer than it used to be according to event chairman, Graham Greenall. SOUNDBITE: Event chairman, Graham Greenall, saying (English): "I mean they used steel toe caps, they'd harden their shins with coal hammers and broken bones were quite common, it was very brutal." The objective is to fell your opponent and the shin battering serves to throw him off balance . But even though straw protects the shins, there's nothing shielding contestants' toes. SOUNDBITE: Ross Langill, shin kicking winner, saying (English): "It's like stubbing your toe on the coffee table every two seconds." That's the winner, Ross Langill, who flew in from Canada especially for the competition. But it's not known whether he'll make the punishing trip again next year.

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Ouch, you kicked me!

Monday, June 02, 2014 - 01:03