16
Jul
08

Competition Goes Into Overtime


No, we don’t mean the All Star Game, we’re talking about MUCH more important sporting events, the 647th Kýrkpýnar Oil Wrestling Championships, DUH! This annual Turkish sporting tradition, first held in 1362, found itself needing an overtime period to crown a winner this year. Recep Kara ended up besting Ekrem Yavuz during a 10-minute overtime to win his second championship, all of which was a shocker to me, particularly since I had put all my money on Yavuz. I’m coming for you Ekrem, you ruined my life!

Over the three-day, male wrestlers only, event, over two tons of oil was used to lube up these gladiators. Don’t start your training just yet though, the event is only open to Turkish citizens. Which is totally fine, it’s not as though I WASTED 10 months of my life intensely training for this year’s championships only to find out that I couldn’t participate.


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