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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Dominates Pig Olympics

It wasn't exactly the Turin Games, but there was plenty of international rivalry at the third annual Pig Olympics.

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Out of a field of 12 pigs in the roughly 4-meter sprint, the Russians dominated, capturing first and second place, with the French taking third. The Ukrainians, Chinese, Canadians and Latvians went home without medals.

With 300 people in attendance, the Sunday spectacle was one of the main draws at ZooRussia 2006 at Crocus Expo, which featured numerous merchants hawking organic dog food, kitty litter and poodle vests.

Kostik Rystish Shvain, 2 1/2 years old, won the race.

"He's the smartest, fastest, slyest and bravest of all," Kostik's manager, Konstantin Petrunin, explained.

Petrunin is a deputy director for Euroweg Zerno, one of the companies that sponsored pigs at the race. Euroweg Zerno, like the other sponsors, specializes in agriculture-related products.

The 4-meter race was one of three events at the Olympics. The other two were a race in which the pigs pushed a football across a field, and a swimming event.

Kostik's trainer, Vladimir Nishylov, said Kostik, a dark-haired pig of Armenian extraction, had endured a rigorous daily regime of running and "football practice."

In the football-race event, Yelena Prikrastynaya, who lacks Kostik's speed but has great technical ability, led the Russians to a 16-3 victory.

Meanwhile, Deniska, also a Russian, captured first place in the swimming competition, held in a small wading pool. Nelson, from South Africa, and Yelena Prikrastnaya came in second and third, respectively.

Tatyana Kolchanova, one of the organizers of the Olympics, noted that all the pigs in the competition, in fact, were Russian born and bred and had been trained at Lyhavitza, outside of Moscow. But they have sponsors from different countries.

Kostik's owners said they had no plans to slaughter him. But Kolchanova said on a more ominous note that the pigs would simply be sent to their sponsors' home countries.