Japanese Power Ranger to lead egg throwing team

Competitor at the World Egg Throwing Championship The World Egg Throwing Championship takes place on Sunday in the village of Swaton, near Sleaford
Japanese egg throwing team The Japanese team say they are confident of doing well in the competition
Andy Dunlop appearing on Russell Howard's Good News programme, in April Organiser Andy Dunlop, who recently appeared on Russell Howard's Good News programme, said there was a strong line up this year

A team from Japan is taking part in the World Egg Throwing Championship for the first time.

In the event, which starts on Sunday in Swaton in Lincolnshire, they will face teams from Brazil, Germany, Ireland and current champions, the Netherlands.

The Japanese team is led by Mitsuomi Takahashi, star of the children's hit TV series Power Rangers, aka Big Red.

A spokeswoman for the team said they were confident of taking some silverware back to Japan.

'Expert chucker'

History of egg throwing in Swaton

  • The World Egg Throwing Championship won first place in the Where Else But England awards for "England's quirkiest event"
  • The earliest recorded egg throwing in Swaton took place in 1322
  • When the river was swollen and the parishioners could not get to church - where they would normally receive an egg - the local abbot would throw them across the river to the peasants
  • In 2011, Sport England rejected a bid by organisers to have egg throwing recognised as an official sport

She said: "Two of our team play baseball - so they are very good at throwing and catching.

"We also have our egg connoisseur, who grew up on a farm - he knows if an egg is strong or weak."

However, the reigning world champions, Dutch duo Smink and Visser, said they fear no-one and predict the Japanese will go home empty-handed.

Last year, the Dutch pair tossed a raw egg 40m to win the distance-throwing event, but failed to break their own record of 63.2m.

Andy Dunlop, president of the World Egg Throwing Championship, held annually in Swaton, near Sleaford, said the Japanese faced some strong opposition.

Russian egg roulette

Competitor at the World Egg Throwing Championship
  • Russian egg roulette involves two contestants taking turns to break an egg against their forehead. The loser is the person who smashes the raw egg
  • The egg throwing event involves a two-person team throwing a raw egg between them as far as possible without breaking it - eggs can reach speeds of up to 120mph
  • Eggs shot from the trebuchet can travel at speeds of 100mph and points are awarded for hitting a human target

He said: "Germany's top thrower Timo Breunig says his team have a trick or two up their sleeves.

"While the Irish have brought in their expert chucker and current distance world record holder.

"Wild Willie O'Donovan stunned the egg throwing world just last month at the Irish National by smashing the Dutchmen's previous record of 69.5 metres to set a new one at 71.2 metres."

Mr Dunlop added he was yet to hear whether Simon Cowell and Natalie Holt would be attending the event.

He said he expected Mr Cowell to keep the public guessing "right up to the line".

The World Egg Throwing Championships will take place as part of Swaton Vintage Day.

All money raised by the event will be used to support charities, including Leukaemia Research, The Red Cross, air ambulance provision, children's hospices, and Shelter Box.

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