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Iceland's latest Glíma King Einar Eyþórsson was taken to hospital for his injuries sustained during the final match
Photo: Skapti Hallgrímsson. Iceland’s latest Glíma King was taken to hospital for his injuries sustained during the final match.

Einar Is Iceland’s New Glíma King Despite Injuries

Einar Eyþórsson became Iceland’s glíma king for the first time this weekend despite having injured his foot before the last glíma match. Reigning Glíma Queen Kristín Embla Guðjónsdóttir defended her title.

The 112th Íslandsglíma competition took place on April 15th in Akureyri, where contestants wrestled for the chance to take home the Grettir Belt or the Freyja Chain. In addition, the victors are name Iceland’s Glíma King and Glíma Queen respectively. Before the contest, it was clear that Iceland would have a new glíma King as none of the male contestants had ever held the Belt before.

Newly belted Glíma King Einar Eyþórsson and Reigning Glíma Queen Kristín Embla Guðjónsdóttir.
Skapti Hallgrímsson. Newly belted Glíma King Einar Eyþórsson and Reigning Glíma Queen Kristín Embla Guðjónsdóttir

Kristín Embla Guðjónsdóttir, Iceland’s reigning glíma Queen successfully defended her title again, making her the Glíma Queen for the third year running. In the final glíma, she was up against her sister, Elín Eik Guðjónsdóttir, competing in the national championships for the first time.

In the final round for the Grettir Belt, Einar Eyþórsson was up against Hákon Gunnarsson. They had equal points once the time was up after their first match, meaning that they would compete again in an untimed round for the win. However, before the final match took place, Einar injured his foot, telling Akureyri.net that some cartilage between the bones in his foot had become loose. During the final untimed round lasting close to five minutes, his injury got worse and after Einar had secured his victory, medics transported Einar to hospital.

Einar was injured during his final match with Hákon Gunnarsson
Skapti Hallgrímsson. Einar was injured during his final glíma match with Hákon Gunnarsson

Winning the Grettir belt had been Einar’s dream since childhood, as the son of a two-time Glíma king Eyþór Pétursson (1983 and 1987) and younger brother to nine-time glíma King Pétur Eyþórsson (2004-2014).

Read more on Einar’s journey to becoming Glíma King: In the Balance

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