Kiwi duo crack world record

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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.

MATTHEW CATTIN/FAIRFAX NZ

Dairy Flat’s Rob­bie Hol­lan­der has done his coun­try proud.

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