New record in mobile-phone throwing
A FINNISH teenager has smashed the world record – and probably his phone – in this year’s annual mobile-phone throwing contest in Finland.
Eighteen-year-old Ere Karjalainen hurled a phone the “amazing” distance of 101.46m.
Second place went to South African Jeremy Gallop, who threw a phone 94.67m.
The competition offers mobile phone users a unique opportunity to “pay back all the frustrations and disappointments caused by these modern equipments”, contest organisers say.
Finland is the home of Nokia and is awash in obsolete phones.
“There will be no doping tests,” organisers say on their English website.
“However the jury can rule out the contestant if his/her mental or physical preparedness is not adequate for full a performance.”
The event has been held in the south-eastern town of Savonlinna since 2000.