Competitors from the the UK, Germany, United States, Holland, and indeed pretty much all over the world descended on Savonlinna on Saturday to throw mobile phones, but it was the home fans who did most of the cheering with the Finnish scooping most of the accolades.
Tommi Huotari took home the gold medal in the men’s division, with an amazing 89.62 metre throw (294 feet). The Finn was only a few metres short of the world record.
Women’s champion was current world record holder Eija Laakso, also a Finn, who chucked her phone 44.49 meters, about 146 feet.
The weight of the handsets vary from 220 grams to over 400 grams. Competitors choose the phone that fits best to his/her hand or looks the nicest. There are clearly two parties in this; some believe that the heavier phones flies further than lighter ones and others think just the opposite.
Glory wasn’t solely the joy of Finland, home of number one mobile maker Nokia, the individual freestyle was won by Dutchman Taco Cohen who shared the top spot with Elina Pitkänen (a young girl dressed as a cow) on 12 points. His performance incorporated acrobatics and juggling which suitably impressed the judges with its "aesthetics and artistic impression".
Event organiser Christine Lund said of the annual event: "This contest speaks to people the world over as mobile phones are a blessing and a curse … phones have become a part of the modern man, and sometimes many of us would like to remove that part."