By Dave Jones
MURCIA’S Javier Piñera García took the title on home soil at this year’s world olive stone spitting championship in Cieza. According to state news agency EFE, it is the second time that Piñera García has won the championship.
The 46-year-old, who is a Guardia Civil officer, managed to propel an olive stone a total of 22.39 metres.
Víctor Hernández García from Cartagena took second place with a distance of 21.44 metres, with Pedro Ramos Ber- Photo: EFE nal on 19.80 metres.
All the ‘spits’ were well short of the world record distance of 25.08 metres, which Sr Piñera García established last year.
Organisers explained that a local variety of olive, the ‘mollar’, is used in the event held in Avenida de los Reyes Católicos.
They noted that the measurement is taken from the point the stone comes to rest – and includes the roll after it hits the ground.
Competitors came from as far afield as Ireland, Norway and Holland to take part.
One of the competitors giving it his best 'spit'