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Nome woman fast with fish at WEIO

Alaska Dispatch News

Nome's Marjorie Tahbone showed off her versatility during the first three days of the World Eskimo Indian Olympics in Fairbanks.

Tahbone won three events that test vastly different skills. She topped the 5-kilometer Race of the Torch footrace, she kept her balance long enough to claim victory in the greased pole walk and she set a world record in the fish cutting contest. Tahbone filleted her fish in 30.58 seconds.

Two others set records prior to Saturday’s final day of competition -- Matthew Sido Evans (241 feet, 8 inches in the four-man carry) and Bernard Clark (7 feet in the one-hand reach).
Anchorage’s Autumn Ridley won four events through Friday – the Alaskan high kick, the one-hand reach, the blanket toss and the two-foot high kick.

Results through Friday
5-K  Race of the Torch – Marjorie Tahbone 23 minutes, 22 seconds (women); Keel Simon 18:27 (men).
 Muktuk eating – Donna Rexford 2 minutes, 5.89 seconds.
 Seal skinning – Mary Kakoona 2 minutes, 26.19 seconds. 
Fish cutting – Marjorie Tahbone 30.58 seconds (new world record).  
Ear pull – Mitsi Evans (women); Linc Qimiq (men). 
Eskimo stick pull – Mandy Sullivan (women); Matthew Side Evans (men
Indian stick pull – Brittany Woods-Orrison (women); Chris Warrior (men). 
Greased pole walk – Marjorie Tahbone 29 feet, ½ inch (women); Sanford Strange 138-0 ½ (men). 
Blanket toss – Autumn Ridley 172 points (women). 
Scissors broad jump – Ericka Meckel 26 feet, 4 ¼ inches (women); Nick Hanson 36-7 (men). 
Kneel jump – Amber Carplunk 51 feet, 0 ½ (women); Kyle Worl 60-0 ¼ (men). 
Two-foot high kick – Autumn Ridley 76 inches (women), Casey Ferguson 98 (men).
Alaskan high kick – Autumn Ridley 82 inches (women); Casey Ferguson 94-0 (men).
One-hand reach – Autum Ridley 5 feet, 7 inches (women); Bernard Clark 7-0 (men, new world record). 
Four-man carry – Matthew Sido Evans 241 feet, 8 inches (new WEIO record).
Drop the bomb -- Kyle Worl 139-5.