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Chasing cheese is dangerous fun 追起司是危險娛樂

AFP AND STAFF WRITER

Competitors chase a wheel of cheese down a hill in England.

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Ambulance crews had their hands full when 25 people were injured in a cheese-rolling competition in western England. Competitors chased large wheels of cheese down a steep hill, leading to injuries.

Dozens of people took part in the strange event before a crowd of 3,000 laughing and cheering spectators.

Participants raced 200m down a hill as they chased after a wheel of cheese decorated with a blue and red ribbon. Many slipped, somersaulted and tumbled their way to the bottom during the five races that were held.

Of the 25 people hurt, 12 were spectators, one of whom was hit by one of the hard pieces of cheese, which are about the size of a dinner plate.

However, only two people needed to be taken to the hospital.

The organizers said the number of injuries was lower than usual. The wet weather helped protect the racers, as they were able to slide down the hill rather than fall and crash, said organizer Richard Jefferies.

"It's been a very successful year," he added.

One of the winners was Chris Anderson, 18, who knocked himself out to get a prize.

Afterwards, the dazed winner said, "I just ran, fell and hit my head. I feel sore but it was definitely worth it."

First prize in each race was a big piece of cheese.

People from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the US travel to the hill every year to take part in the race. (afp)

英國西部的滾起司大賽造成二十五位民眾受傷,救護人員為此忙得不可開交。參賽者們一路連滾帶爬地追著輪胎般圓滾的大起司下陡坡,因而紛紛掛彩。

幾十位民眾在三千名圍觀群眾的笑聲及歡呼聲中,參加了這場怪異的比賽。

參賽者必須跟在一塊綁著藍、紅彩帶的圓形起司後面,從兩百公尺高的山坡上往下跑。在舉行的五場比賽中,許多人一路滑跤、連翻帶滾地來到山坡下。

受傷的二十五人中,有十二人是觀眾,其中一名觀眾是被晚餐餐盤大小的硬起司塊打傷。

所幸,只有兩人須送醫治療。

主辦單位表示,今年傷者的人數比往年還少。主辦這項活動的理查.傑佛瑞表示,潮溼的天氣多少發揮了保護功能,讓參賽者們能滑下山坡而不是跌跌撞撞地滾下來。

Reading Comprehension 閱讀測驗

1. How many people were taken to the hospital during the race?

a. Two.

b. 12.

c. 25.

2. According to Richard Jeffries, what kept competitors from getting hurt?

a. They wore special padding.

b. The grass was thick and soft.

c. The ground was wet.

3. Compared to last year ...

a. there were more injuries this year.

b. there were fewer injuries this year.

c. the number of injuries was the same this year.

4. After he got knocked out, Chris Anderson said ...

a. it was worth it.

b. he wished he hadn't done the race.

c. he didn't feel hurt at all.

Ans: 1.a 2.c 3.b 4.a


他還說:「今年的活動非常成功。」

十八歲的克里斯.安德森是獲勝者之一,他為了拿獎還撞昏了。

事後,這名仍感暈眩的獲勝者說:「我跑著跑著就跌倒了,然後就撞到頭。雖然覺得痛,但絕對值得。」

每場比賽的首獎都是一大塊起司。

每年都有遠從澳洲、紐西蘭、挪威、瑞典及美國而來的民眾,到這個山坡參加追起司大賽。 (法新社/翻譯:林倩如)

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