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Women arm wrestlers bring home the gold

TT/Clara Guibourg · 4 Dec 2011, 09:55

Published: 04 Dec 2011 09:55 GMT+01:00

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"We're a small country with strong people," concluded Andreas Johansson, vice chairman of Swedish Arm Sports (Svensk Armsport), in an interview with newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Heidi Andersson, from lonely Lapland village Ensamheten (literally: Loneliness), secured her ninth world cup gold, in right-handed wrestling against her arch-rival, Russian Irina Makeeva.

"This was the most unexpected gold. After all, it was the 'impossible' Makeeva I managed to win against, in her best arm," said Andersson in a statement.

Andersson's success was less unexpected for Andreas Johansson from Swedish Arm Sports.

"Heidi has a real winning mentality. She has focused very hard on arm wrestling, since the mid-nineties and has great sparring back home at the Arm Wrestling High School in Storuman," he said to Dagens Nyheter.

In a lighter weight class, Swede Sarah Bäckman brought home the gold, also against a Russian rival. Both Bäckman and Andersson also won silver medals in left-handed wrestling.

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Pirjo Lauteri and Maria Wester also won gold medals for Sweden.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:18 December 4, 2011 by ringorm
I'd let them wrestle me if you know what I mean.
10:55 December 4, 2011 by star10
@ringorm: are u sure you will come out alive? I bet you will be found dead between her l laps for lack of oxygen (though that may be what you want):)
12:48 December 4, 2011 by Atlas
@star10, ringorm is imaging her giving him a "hand"...

@ringorm, imagine them being proctologists and wrestling you ;)
14:27 December 4, 2011 by Svensksmith
My favorite female athletes are the Olympic Mattress Thrashers.
23:51 December 4, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Heidi, Marry me now! Don't worry about my wife, just say yes!
07:24 December 5, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
These gals put to rest the old saying: "She isn't much for pretty, but she's hell for stout." LOL

If they beat a man will they care for him later...I mean the deflated ego would need a lot of understanding, etc.. LOL
10:55 December 6, 2011 by philster61
Well done "guys"
11:02 December 6, 2011 by DAVID T
nothing better than a strong right hand
14:14 December 6, 2011 by Åskar

Are you aware that Heidi Andersson's husband knows how to handle a gun, being a champion biathlonist?
20:39 December 8, 2011 by Michael Whitfield
I am sure Heid's husband is always on his best behavior. She looks like she can administer the rolling pin without too much effort I bet both women are good at Indian wrestling too.
16:48 December 9, 2011 by Åskar
Indian wrestling is another term for arm wrestling.
17:45 December 9, 2011 by Michael Whitfield
The Indian wrestling version I was referring to is using legs instead of arms.
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