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Nail-biting tension in champions' toe tussle.

A lorry driver has carried off the world toe wrestling crown with a stunning display of tough tootsies.

Robert Wyatt, aged 41, of Peterborough, was crowned champion at the eighth annual competition at Ye Olde Royal Oak Inn, Wetton, Staffordshire.

Karen 'Kamikaze' Davies, aged 32, of Sheffield, made it a hat-trick of wins, retaining the women's title she won both last year and in 1999.

A spokeswoman for the World Toe Wrestling Federation said: 'This was our biggest event yet, with 24 men and eight women taking part as well as a record amount of spectators.

'The winners are both ecstatic. It has been a really fun day and raised thousands for charity.'

Mr Wyatt only entered after he was dared by his fiancee, Louise Dalford, but ended up beating last year's winner, Alan 'Nasty' Nash, on the way.

There was disappointment for Mrs Davies' husband, Ian, the 1999 champion, after he crashed out to Royle Family star Ralph Little at the quarter-final stage.

The WTWF spokeswoman added: 'Mr and Mrs Davies are now the Torvill and Dean of toe wrestling. Her win more than makes up for that disappointment.'

The sport, which resembles arm wrestling but without arms, began in the 1970s when regulars at Ye Olde Royal Oak thought they had devised a game at which England could excel.

But their expectations were shattered in 1977 when a Canadian tourist entered and carried off the title. It was then cancelled and resurrected in 1994.
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Date:Jul 2, 2001
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