INTRO: Competitors pitch, dunk and juggle to win a gold medal in the mobile phone throwing championships. Contenders from eight different countries employ a variety of different styles in the mobile phone throwing world championships in Savonlinna, eastern Finland.
STORY: Competitors from eight different countries took part in the mobile phone throwing world championships in Savonlinna, eastern Finland, on Saturday (August 25, 2007).
Men, women and children competed in different heats; traditional style with traditional over the shoulder throwing, where the length of the throwing is crucial, and freestyle heats, where the performance, aesthetics and creative choreography all help influence the result.
Martin Puehl from Germany, who finished outside of the podium, told Reuters Television why he was taking part in the competition "I am just here for fun, having fun. I like the idea of the competition and it's just great fun..Olympic spirit." 【shows 8】
This year, Finnish competitor Tommi Huotari took gold in the traditional heat, with a throw of 89.62 metres in the distance event, a few metres short of the world record. "I am sure that everybody would like to throw his phone every once in a while so now I got to fulfill this dream and it felt nice," he said.
To highlight the playful side of the competition, a freestyle event judged on aesthetics is included. The gold in this event was shared by Taco Cohen from the Netherlands and the youngest competitor Elina Pitkanen of Finland who is only 1 year and 11 months old.
Cohen, who also celebrated his 19th birthday on Saturday and whose act included acrobatics
and juggling, told Reuters while juggling: "For this event I have not really practised. I have just seen the Dutch championship and I was nearby so I enlisted." "Because I won the Dutch championships, I was told to come here, and they flew me in," he explained further.
Before taking the podium as the world champion in mobile phone throwing Tommi Huotari admitted: "Actually this was the first time..I have never tried before but it seems good so I will be here next year also."
今年度在擲遠項目榮獲金牌的，是芬蘭本地選手湯米‧胡塔瑞(Tommi Huotari)，他以89.62公尺的佳績贏得冠軍，差點打破世界紀錄。他在賽後表示：「我相信每個人偶爾都想要摔摔自己的手機，這個比賽剛好能實現這樣的心願，所以我就來參加了，感覺很棒，明年我還會再來參加」。【shows 25.35】
至於在創意丟擲競賽方面，則由來自荷蘭年僅十九歲的塔克‧柯恩(Taco Cohen)與芬蘭籍快滿兩歲的小選手艾里納‧皮特肯恩(Elina Pitkanen)，並列第一。塔克‧柯恩表示：「我並沒有特別為這次的比賽做準備。在荷蘭進行預賽時，我剛好經過，就參加了，結果獲得荷蘭區的冠軍，然後就被送來這裡進行比賽」。【shows 31.32】
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