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Swamp soccer, beach volleyball, and mud wrestling

An extra-large Big Shots post today brings you racing pigs in Cushendun, Ireland, volleyball-playing monks in Thimphu, Bhutan, and an auto race up Pike's Peak in Colorado. We'll also swim from Asia to Europe, wrestle in the mud in South Korea, and witness an 11-year-old bullfighter in Tijuana. There's much more this week, as usual, and I'm looking forward to bringing you an in-depth look at the British Open later this week. ( 38 photos total)

Qin Kai of China competes in the men's 1m springboard diving final at the World Championships in Rome July 17. (REUTERS/Max Rossi)

An athlete exits the water after finishing the 1.2 mile swim in the Vineman Ironman Triathlon July 19 in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) #

Ricardo Campello falls after going airborne during the wave sailing competition at the Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam at Pozo Izquierdo beach in the Canary Islands July 17. (REUTERS/Borja Suarez) #

Canada's Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon wins bronze during the synchronised technical solo final July 20 at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome. (MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images) #

A cheerleader performs during a water polo game July 20 at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images) #

A multi-exposure picture shows Bangladeshi cricketer Mahmudullah delivering the ball against the West Indies at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown, St. Vincent July 13. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images) #

Swimmers hold up their hands on the Asian side of Istanbul at the start of the annual Asia to Europe International Swimming Competition July 19, which takes participants 6 kms down the Bosphorus Strait from the Asian side of Istanbul to the European side. (MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images) #

The Chinese team wins the bronze medal of the team technical event of synchronized swimming at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Rome July 19. ((AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) #

Members of the Young Guns celebrate their first goal of the game against the Old School during the 2009 Major League Lacrosse All Star Game at INVESCO Field at Mile High July 16 in Denver. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #

Supporters of Estudiantes LP soccer club celebrate after their team won the Copa Libertadores championship in La Plata July 16. (REUTERS/Pablo Busti) #

Monks play volleyball at Dechen Phodrang monastery in Thimphu, Bhutan July 11. Five decades ago, Bhutan was a feudal, medieval place with no roads, proper schools or hospitals and scarcely any contact with the outside world. Today education and health care are free and life expectancy has risen to 66 years from less than 40. (REUTERS/Singye Wangchuk) #

Tourists play during the Boryeong Mud Festival at a beach in Boryeong, South Korea July 11. (REUTERS/Yang Young-Seok/Yonhap) #

Bangladesh's captain Shakib Al Hasan (left) is embraced by teammate Raqibul Hasan during the opening day of the second cricket Test match at the National Stadium in St. George's, Grenada July 17. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton) #

Australia's players (left to right) Airlie Olgilvie, Fiona Boyce, Toni Cronk, Alison Bruce and Nicole Arrold defend their goal during their women's Champions Trophy hockey match against the Netherlands in Sydney July 18. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith) #

Pigs with woollen jockeys attached to their backs race in Cushendun, Northern Ireland July 18 . (REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton) #

Horses run around a marker during their tideland race in Duhnen, Germany July 19. About 150 horses are taking part in the various races across a coastal tidal area, watched by some 30,000 spectators. (AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer) #

A jockey controls his horse and trap prior to the tideland race in Duhnen, Germany, on Sunday, July 19. (AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer) #

Steer wrestler Cash Myers gets run over as he competes in the California Rodeo Salinas July 19 in Salinas, Calif. (AP Photo/Monterey County Herald/Orville Myers) #

Franco-Mexican bullfighter Michel Lagravere, 11, known as Michelito, performs during a bullfight in Tijuana July 19. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias) #

Jason Wong waves a Japanese flag as Nobuhiro Tajima makes his way through the Olympic Park area during the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb auto race July 19 near Colorado Springs. (AP Photo/The Gazette/Bryan Oller) #

Brazil's Emanuel Rego dives for the ball during the gold medal match of the Moscow Grand Slam Swatch FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup event in Moscow July 19. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev) #

Canada's Evelyne Pare collides with Japan's catcher Maki Tanigawa in the second inning of a World Cup of Softball game in Oklahoma City July 19. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) #

Players are ankle-deep at the Swamp Soccer World Championships in Hyrynsalmi, Finland July 17. A natural swamp outside the town was converted into 22 playing fields for the 325 teams, made up of almost 5000 players from Finland, Norway, Russia, Germany, France and The Netherlands. (REUTERS/Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva Finland) #

Roman Gonzalez punches Katsunari Takayama during their WBA minimum weight title bout in Kobe July 14. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #

Portugal's Tiago Lopes (in blue) fights Mozambique's Bruno Luzia during their under 66 kg men's judo final during the Lusophony games in Lisbon July 14. (REUTERS/Nacho Doce) #

Jenna Randall (left) and Olivia Allison of Great Britain train for the Individual womens pairs synchronised swimming July 17 in Rome. (Clive Rose/Getty Images) #

Malaysian divers Leong Mun Yee and Pandelela Rinong Pamg compete during the women's 10m synchronised platform diving final July 19 at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome. (MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images) #

Italian Valentina Vezzali (left) competes against German Katja Wachter during the women's individual foil gold medal match at the European Fencing Championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria July 14. (DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images) #

Thomas Gamiette of Guadeloupe (top) drives past Alvaro Saborio of Costa Rica during the CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals at Dallas Cowboys Stadium July 19 in Arlington, Texas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) #

Argentina's Daniela Sruoga falls during the Women's Champions Trophy hockey match against the Netherlands in Sydney July 16. (GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images) #

Kolohe Andino goes for air during a qualifying round of the Nike 6.0 Pro Junior Men's Grade 2 surf contest as part of the 2009 Hurley U.S. Open of Surfing July 18 in Huntington Beach, Calif. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) #

A man struggles to paddle his sinking boat in a lake in Szandavaralja, Hungary July 12. (REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh) #

Russia's Arseniy Matantsev performs during the freestyle competition at the Russian Aquabike Championship in Moscow July 19. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze) #

Christian Amon launches from the Gaisberg at the start of the Red Bull X-Alps adventure race in Salzburgerland July 19. The 30 athletes competing in the 800+ kilometer Salzburg to Monaco paragliding and hiking race are expected to take a minimum of ten days to finish the event. (REUTERS/Dean Treml/Red Bull Photofiles) #

Jonathan Horton of the U.S. competes in the still rings event at the Japan Cup 2009 artistic gymnastics competition in Chiba July 18. (REUTERS/Michael Caronna) #

John Swanguen goes airborne as he descends the course enroute to a third place finish in the men's pro downhill at the US Mountain Bike National Championships at the Sol Vista Bike Park July 19 in Granby, Colo. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #

Fans congratulate winner Valentino Rossi on the racetrack at the Moto GP race at the German Grand Prix July 19 at the Sachsenring in Hohenstein-Ernsttahl, Germany. (ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images) #

Enzo Maccarinelli is stopped by Denis Lebedev during their WBO Intercontinental Cruiserweight championship July 18 at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England. (John Gichigi/Getty Images) #


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I'm still trying to make sense out of No. 1. Reminds me of a bad caricature of a character in the Triplets of Belleville.

Posted by sc July 21, 09 03:11 PM
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#24 !!!!

Posted by chem istj July 21, 09 04:53 PM
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25 looks like a Death Valley Driver!

Posted by DI$CO July 22, 09 12:49 PM
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lol 24 got OWNED. good action shot!

Posted by roflwaffles July 22, 09 02:04 PM
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What's the point of photo #1?
How about zooming out to see how well he dived?
Rewind back to see him focus and ready to jump?
Fast forward to see him finish and the water splashes?

This is the best you can do?
Showing the athlete's ugly face during somersault and make fun of him?

Posted by yip July 23, 09 04:37 AM
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All the pictures are excellent ... well, except #1.

Posted by Ben July 23, 09 03:14 PM
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Bullfighting is for Savages....if your country practices bullfighting, you are a savage race.

Posted by Anonymous July 23, 09 05:03 PM
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High beams on # 12

Posted by Ken July 23, 09 08:08 PM
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Type your comment here...

Posted by shawty1948 July 23, 09 09:37 PM
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People who think bullfighting is for savages are not in synch with the countries culture. The only reason that they fight bulls is to piss you off! How are they doing?

Posted by Donald July 24, 09 05:23 AM
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#1 is underwater. those are actually his top teeth.

Posted by sal rabinowitz July 24, 09 08:53 AM
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pic #1
rook at me!

Posted by anonymous July 24, 09 09:34 AM
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I had great fun at the Mud Festival. I don't think it qualifies as a sport though.

Posted by David July 25, 09 08:13 PM
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