Saturday 25 February 2017

Man snores his way to siesta prize

People sleep on settees during the first Siesta Championship in Madrid, Spain (AP)
People sleep on settees during the first Siesta Championship in Madrid, Spain (AP)

A 62-year-old Ecuadorian has snored his way to win Spain's first-ever siesta championship.

Unemployed security worker Pedro Soria Lopez took top prize of 1,000 euro (£888) after sleeping for 18 minutes out of a maximum of 20 minutes amid the uproar of a teeming Madrid shopping centre.

Organisers said he not only slept soundly but his snoring last Tuesday registered 70 decibels - roughly the equivalent of the noise of someone talking - and earned him extra points.

The somewhat tongue-in-cheek nine-day contest was aimed at promoting a revival of this timeless custom so identified with Spain but which organisers say is in danger because of the pressures of modern times.

Press Association

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