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Canal Jumping (Fierljeppen)

This unusual sporting event is called Fierljeppen in The Netherlands (Holland).

The long aluminum poles are between 3 and 5 m long and have a flat round plate at the bottom to prevent it from sinking into the muddy canal bottom of the canal.

The contestants run and jump onto the pole, then do a shimmy to the top of the pole (some with the aid of bicycle inner tubes strapped to their feet), and then vault off to try and land on the opposite bank.

A National Canal Jumping Contest is held on August 22nd each year. There is no prize except the honor of being the Dutch Champion Canal Jumper!

You can see this sport in action, in these videos of canal jumping.

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