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Lifting 200-kilogram stones in Spain's Basque Country

Updated : April 18, 2019 10:21 AM IST

The "Harri-jasotze," or "Stone Lifters" in the local language of the mountainous Basque Country region, gather in competitions held both indoors and in town squares to see who can claim to be the strongest.

A group of Basque stone lifters line up as they wait their turn to lift a stone, during an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia, northern Spain. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A group of Basque stone lifters line up as they wait their turn to lift a stone, during an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia, northern Spain. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Jose Ramon Izeta, 52, a former Basque stone lifter, holds a 100 kilograms stone, during an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia, northern Spain.  (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Jose Ramon Izeta, 52, a former Basque stone lifter, holds a 100 kilograms stone, during an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia, northern Spain.  (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Basque stone lifters hold 100 kilograms stones, during an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Basque stone lifters hold 100 kilograms stones, during an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Basque stone lifters warm up as they prepare for an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia, northern Spain. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Basque stone lifters warm up as they prepare for an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia, northern Spain. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Basque stone lifters prepare for an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia, northern Spain. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Basque stone lifters prepare for an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia, northern Spain. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A Basque stone lifter holds a 200 kilograms stone, during an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A Basque stone lifter holds a 200 kilograms stone, during an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A Basque stone lifter waits his turn to hold a stone, during an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia, northern Spain.  (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A Basque stone lifter waits his turn to hold a stone, during an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia, northern Spain.  (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A Basque stone lifter holds a 100 kilograms stone, during an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A Basque stone lifter holds a 100 kilograms stone, during an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Inigo Eizagirre, 24, a basque stone lifter, holds a 100 kilograms stone during a training session in the Basque village of Zarautz, northern Spain.  (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Inigo Eizagirre, 24, a basque stone lifter, holds a 100 kilograms stone during a training session in the Basque village of Zarautz, northern Spain.  (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Inigo Eizagirre, 24, a basque stone lifter, poses for a photograph holding a round stone at the end of his training session. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Inigo Eizagirre, 24, a basque stone lifter, poses for a photograph holding a round stone at the end of his training session. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Udane Ostolaza, 13, second left, waits her turn next to others basque stone lifters, during an exhibition. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Udane Ostolaza, 13, second left, waits her turn next to others basque stone lifters, during an exhibition. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Jackets used by basque stone lifters hang on a rope in a sports centre, in the Basque village of Zarautz, northern Spain. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Jackets used by basque stone lifters hang on a rope in a sports centre, in the Basque village of Zarautz, northern Spain. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Basque stone lifter holds a 200 kilograms stone, during an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Basque stone lifter holds a 200 kilograms stone, during an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Inigo Eizagirre, 24, a basque stone lifter, holds a 100 kilograms stone during a training session in the Basque village of Zarautz. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Inigo Eizagirre, 24, a basque stone lifter, holds a 100 kilograms stone during a training session in the Basque village of Zarautz. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Aimar Irigoien, 33, a basque stone lifter waits to take part in an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Aimar Irigoien, 33, a basque stone lifter waits to take part in an exhibition in the Basque village of Azkoitia. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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