December 12, 2017

Two finalists ‘cooked’ at world sauna championships

photo from earlier in the contest - A tragic end to a bizarre endurance 'sport'

The annual World Sauna Championships in Finland have ended tragically with the death of one of the finalists.

The event, which has been running since 1999, requires participants to withstand 110C for as long as possible. This years finals drew 135 contestants from 15 countries. To win the event contestants typically need to survive around 17 minutes in the intense heat.

Contestants Vladimir Ladyzhensky from Russia defending champion Timo Kaukonen from Finland were both taken to hospital after collapsing and Mr Ladyzhensky later died. Both looked to have suffered burns.

Chief organiser Ossi Arvela said the police were already at the venue and were undertaking an investigation.

He said: “All the rules were followed and there was enough first aid personnel. All the competitors needed to sign in to the competition with a doctor’s certificate.”

Newswarped thinks that doctors certificates and first aid personnel are no use to someone who has effectively been cooked.

Logic says that if the event has run for over 10 years with no deaths then something has gone badly wrong here and the police might be wise to hang onto Mr. Arvela’s passport until their investigation is complete.