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Topic - Hakon Eikesdal
A Russian man trying to win the Sauna World Championships died after collapsing with severe burns in the final stage of an event that required contestants to sit in a 230-degree room as water was tossed onto a searing stove, officials and witnesses said.
The men were bleeding from what appeared to be severe burns, said Hakon Eikesdal, a photographer with the Norwegian daily Dagbladet.
Mr. Eikesdal said Mr. Kaukonen, the defending world champion, had refused to leave the sauna despite getting sick and that organizers had to force the men out.