News: Man dies in final of sauna championships

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A Russian man died in the finals of the world sauna championships in Finland after spending some six minutes sweltering in temperatures of 110 degrees Celsius (230.00F), organizers said Sunday.

“After this incident we decided that this game is over and done,” Saija Jappinen, cultural secretary at Heinola city told Reuters, announcing the end of the event.

The world sauna championships, where competitors try to outlast others in the heat and steam, have been held 12 times in Heinola, some 138 km (86 miles) northeast of Finland’s capital Helsinki.

Dozens of competitors were whittled down to just two, but six minutes into the final judges noticed something was wrong with Russian champion Vladimir Lazyzhenskiy and dragged him and Finnish finalist Timo Kaukonen from the sauna.

Police are investigating the cause of Lazyzhenskiy’s death.

Kaukonen was treated for burns in hospital.

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4 Comments so far

  1. Anna Aslan on August 16th, 2010

    They should have noticed earlier. Such a pointless loss of human life.:(

  2. Anders Cohen, brooklyn, NY on August 26th, 2010

    In the first place, why should they held contests that will endanger human life. Such a waste of time joining on that kind of contests.

  3. Ariel Sante on September 3rd, 2010

    People do crazy things because they do not think clearly about the consequences first. Risky contests start for the same reason traffic signals are added to an intersection after someone dies – it takes a tragedy to force appropriate action.

  4. That’s an astute answer to a tricky question

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