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'Pull my finger' - Finger wrestling championships kick off in Bavaria

Germany, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
August 16, 2019 at 06:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of wrestlers - finger-wrestlers, that is - gathered in the Bavarian village of Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Thursday, for the annual Fingerhakeln championship, in which participants compete for who can pull the hardest on the other's finger.

Footage shows some of the 167 participants facing each other across a table in head to head matches, both holding onto a ring with their middle finger. The first to let go of the ring, or be dragged across the table - or sometimes fly over the table - loses.

Anton 'Toni' Bader, President of the German Fingerhakeln Association, pulled his way to the championship title in the heavyweight category.

"The heavyweight category is over 90 kg, that's the premier weight class. Whoever wins in that category is the best finger-wrestler," he said.

Legend has it the sport was invented to settle disputes in the olden days in the Alps.

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Hundreds of wrestlers - finger-wrestlers, that is - gathered in the Bavarian village of Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Thursday, for the annual Fingerhakeln championship, in which participants compete for who can pull the hardest on the other's finger.

Footage shows some of the 167 participants facing each other across a table in head to head matches, both holding onto a ring with their middle finger. The first to let go of the ring, or be dragged across the table - or sometimes fly over the table - loses.

Anton 'Toni' Bader, President of the German Fingerhakeln Association, pulled his way to the championship title in the heavyweight category.

"The heavyweight category is over 90 kg, that's the premier weight class. Whoever wins in that category is the best finger-wrestler," he said.

Legend has it the sport was invented to settle disputes in the olden days in the Alps.

W/S Finger-wrestling, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria

M/S Finger-wrestling

M/S Winner celebrates

W/S Winners celebrate

W/S Finger-wrestling

C/U Finger-wrestlers' hands

M/S Finger-wrestling

M/S Finger-wrestler warms up

C/U Finger-wrestler warms up

W/S Finger-wrestling

W/S People chanting

W/S Finger-wrestling

M/S Finger-wrestling

M/S People drinking

C/U Beer

M/S Participants chatting

M/S Finger-wrestling

W/S Finger-wrestling

M/S Finger-wrestling

W/S Championship

M/S Finger-wrestling

W/S Finger-wrestling

M/S Finger-wrestling

C/U Finger-wrestlers' hands

M/S Finger-wrestling

C/U Finger-wrestlers' hands

M/S Finger-wrestling

C/U Finger-wrestlers' hands

M/S Finger-wrestling

SOT, Anton 'Toni' Bader, German Fingerhakeln Champion and President of the German Fingerhakeln Association (German): "You should be a role model, but you cannot always be a role model, and that has nothing to do with the placement, you always have to join in, even if you are not first, you have to stick to it, only one in each class can come first. If you can it will be nice if you do not get it, then the other one deserves it and that's the way it fits today. And I'm really happy today that I won again."

W/S Bader celebrates

C/U Finger-wrestlers' hands

SOT, Anton 'Toni' Bader, German Fingerhakeln Champion and President of the German Fingerhakeln Association (German): "They were close and they are all young men. I'm now 51 years old, the Korbinian is 33 years old, the Brandhofer again younger, who is about 24. So the others are in the best of ages, I'm already getting older."

C/U Finger-wrestlers' hands *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Anton 'Toni' Bader, German Fingerhakeln Champion and President of the German Fingerhakeln Association (German): "For me, it just depends on lifting my skin up so hard I can push it, another is faster. Everyone has their own technique, everyone has to know how he does it, so it works."

M/S Bader celebrates *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Anton "Toni" Bader, German Fingerhakeln Champion and President of the German Fingerhakeln

Association (German): "The heavyweight category is over 90kg, that's the premier weight class. Whoever wins in that category is the best finger-wrestler."

W/S Finger-wrestling

M/S Champion gets cup

W/S Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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