Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up.
In 1772 Inaki Arrieta hurt his right hand when wrestling the bull to the ground yet still pulled the 350kg animal to the finish line with his left hand. Inaki was one of the greatest stone lifters of all time in the Basque Country and so he was used to handling large weights with relative ease. It was said that Inaki had a very hypnotic stare and so the animal might have been mesmerized during the pull but hypnosis isn’t outlawed and the result stood.
At the Guernica event the quickest time for pulling a bull is 2 minutes and 57 seconds by Pedro Adan in 1940 – this was in the 150kg and under contest over 250 metres. Adan won 6 more times in this category in the next 10 years making him the most successful competitor ever. Berrio Azpuliqueta has won the 1000 metre pull in the 251-325kg category six times; he trained by carrying 250kg stones up and down the local mountains for 2 hours at a time.
There have been some fatalities in the Bull Pulling events at Guernica. The most recent was in 2008 when Diego Montes was picked up bodily by his 300kg bull and then trampled underfoot.