Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The Unusual

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The Unusual

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ARM WRESTLING

THE sport of two people facing each other, grasping hands and attempting to force each other's arm down has been around for hundreds of years.

Arm wrestling has been a recognised sport since the 1950s with world-wide competitions evolving during the '70s and '80s. Today there are world championships that feature more than 1000 competitors from 85 countries competing.

Most people see arm wrestling as a battle of strength, but technique is also critical to become a champion arm wrestler. In competitive arm wrestling, the sport is performed with both competitors standing up with their arms placed on a "tournament arm wrestling table".

Events are divided into weight classes as well as left and right-handed divisions for both men and women. Strict rules such as fouls given to penalties such as the competitor's elbow leaving a matted area where the elbow is to remain at all times, a false start or trying to escape a possible arm pin by breaking the grip with the opponent may result in a loss at the table. …

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