Germany holds first national 'mermaiding' championship
DPA/The Local · 26 Sep 2016, 12:29
Published: 26 Sep 2016 12:27 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Sep 2016 12:29 GMT+02:00
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Merfolk-fanatics between eight and 48 years old attended the event in the town of Suhl in southern Thuringia which organizers claimed was the first ever German national championship in mermaid swimming, also referred to as "mermaiding".
And especially competitors from the lower half of the Bundesrepublik proved that they had thoroughly analysed Disney's The Little Mermaid.
“Merthletes” from Bavaria, Thuringia and Baden-Württemberg brought in two wins for each state, as children competed over 50m and adults over twice that distance.
Lotta Müller from Bavaria took gold in the highest-represented and fiercely-contested category of eight- to nine-year-olds, while Alexander Sengpiel also of Bavaria only had to out-flap a few other men to come in first in the adult competition.
The somewhat curious discipline has seen a rise in popularity in Germany over recent years, with mermaid swimming schools opening in several cities around the country such as Munich and Berlin.