Kiwi duo crack world record
A New Zealand duo have cracked the record for the longest throw and catch of an egg.
Nick Hornstein and Robbie Hollander’s 80.77-metre effort was the highlight of the annual World Egg-Throwing Championships, held in the English village of Swaton on Sunday (UK time).
Their epic throw and catch broke the former record of 76.2m.
Hornstein, from Christchurch, and Hollander, from Dairy Flat, earlier this year threw a national record 63-metres at the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games.
‘‘For a sport like rugby, being the world’s best is quite a serious thing, but for egg throwers and catchers, I’m not sure,’’ Hollander said at the time.
The secret to a good catch, according to Hollander, is soft hands, and moisturising is essential.
Egg thrower Nick now lives in Australia and is an avid sportsman, while Hollander attends Orewa College and represents North Harbour in hockey.
The world event also saw a victory for Canada, with Julie Moen winning the Egg Russian Roulette challenge.
The messy challenge sees two players, sitting opposite each other, taking it in turn to pick from six eggs, five boiled and one raw, and smashing them on their heads.
Whoever avoids the raw egg is declared winner.
Dairy Flat’s Robbie Hollander has done his country proud.