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ponedjeljak, 9. kolovoza 2010.

Mario Šušnjar Winner Of The 295th Alka Of Senj

Mario Šušnjar during the competition at the 295th Alka of Sinj. Foto: Antonio Bronić/Pixsell

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Mario Šušnjar a 32-year-old economist graduate from Trilj, for the second time has won the Sinjska Alka. Mario won for the first time in 2003, and today's victory was the first time that in the last decade that an Alkar has been won 2 times by the same competitor. Šušnjar is the only Alkar that also has two other Alka trophies besides the one in Sinj, those being from Bara and Čoja .

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Croatian President Ivo Josipović and Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor and other Members of Parliament at the tournament.Foto: Ivana Ivanović/Pixsell

Some footage from the days events.

History of the Alka of Sinj

(Jakov Prkić/CROPIX)



The Alka (Croatian pronunciation: [ˈaːlka]) is a knight tournament which has been held every first Sunday in the month of August in the town of Sinj, Croatia since 1715. It commemorates the August 14th, 1715 success of 700 Croatain soldiers from Sinj who managed to stop the advances and repel back advancing troops from the Ottoman Turkish empire which numbered over 60,000 troops.

Alka is also the name of the object used in the tournament; it is made of two concentric rings (diameter of inner being 35.1 mm, and 131.7 mm of outer one) connected with three bars 120° apart. The object is hung on a rope 3.32 metres above the race track. The contestant (called an alkar) rides his horse down the race track and tries to hit the central ring of alka with his spear in full gallop. Depending on which part of the alka he hits, he receives from 1 to 3 points, and no points if he misses. If, however, alkar sends alka in the air away from its holder and hits any part of it on its way down, he will be awarded 1-3 points for a target hit and additional three points, thus increasing the maximum to 6 points in one run. The contest consists of three rounds.

 President Ivo Josipović and family enjoying the festivities. (Duje Klaric / CROPIX) 

Only men born in Sinjska krajina (city of Sinj and surrounding villages) can take part in the Alka and it is considered a great privilege to participate in the tournament. The vojvoda of Alka is a ceremonial title representing the commander of the alkars. It is a great honour to become alkar vojvoda and only the most notable men from Sinjska krajina become one.

Traditionally, heads of state have attended the tournament. In 1818, king of Dalmatia and Austrian Emperor Francis I attended the games. In 1842 Archduke Franz Karl attended and Emperor Franz Joseph also attended, in 1875. The President of Croatia currently takes part in the tournament annually.

The Alka held on August 20, 1944 was bombed by the Allies as part of World War II.

(Duje Klaric / CROPIX) 

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