Spaniards gathered in the northwestern town of Chantada on Thursday for the Rural Olympics, in which agricultural workers compete in various races and other feats of strength and rural-themed athleticism.

"It's the first time I take part in the rural Olympics and I'm really impressed," said Carlos Noguerol, one of the athletes. "The four teams had a really high level."

Footage shows competitors in potato sack races and rolling bales of hay over an obstacle course as the first day of the Rural Olympics kicked off. They will take place until Tuesday.

"The hardest part was the hay bale," said another athlete, Inaky Lopez. "We had to roll it over the logs, which was really tiring."

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Xinhua 22 Feb 2020 09:44 CET