A Lithuanian man and his wife have won the world 'wife-carrying' title, leaping over timber and wading through waist-high water to beat dozens of other couples for a second year running.

Vytautas Kirkliauskas and his wife Neringa Kirkliauskiene cleared a gruelling 253.5-meter obstacle course in 1 minute 6.72 seconds.

Despite the event's name, couples don't have to be married, and organizers say male contestants could "steal a neighbour's wife" if they don't have a companion.

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