Karmele Gisasola lifts an anvil in practice for the ingude event, which involves lifting a 10kg anvil from the ground to a metal plate 30cm above her head as many times as possible in 90 seconds. Pictures: Miguel Candela

Weighty pursuits at the ‘Basque Olympics’, where stone lifters, wood choppers and cart spinners vie for honours

The Basques of old turned their rural chores into 18 sports, which are taken very seriously in northern Spain, where boys as young as four wield axes and, these days, girls do their share of heavy lifting too

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Karmele Gisasola lifts an anvil in practice for the ingude event, which involves lifting a 10kg anvil from the ground to a metal plate 30cm above her head as many times as possible in 90 seconds. Pictures: Miguel Candela
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