Thumbs up for world texting champions
Published 16/01/2010 | 05:00
Two South Korean teenagers were crowned fastest texters in the world.
The team of 17-year-old Bae Yeong Ho and 18-year-old Ha Mok Min went thumb-to-thumb against competitors from a dozen countries to win the title in a competition in New York.
The LG Mobile World Cup challenged nimble-fingered youths on both speed and accuracy. The winning team took home $100,000 (€69,000).
Second place went to the US contestants -- 16-year-old Kate Moore, who is the 2009 US National Texting Champion, and 14-year-old Morgan Dynda, the 2009 runner-up. An Argentinian team came in third and the Brazilians took fourth place.
"My thumbs are up for the challenge," Kate announced hours before the afternoon start time.
But inside Manhattan's Gotham Hall, with the pressure on to text for about two intense minutes at a stretch, she and Morgan fell behind the Koreans by 20 seconds after an hour of the competition dubbed Race of Death.
Winner Bae is saving his $50,000 share of the prize to study to become an opera singer, while Ha said she's saving for her studies to become an engineer.