Finland sets phone record, by throwing one

21.08.2012 - 10:40

London Olympics 2012 have finished, but fun and sport still continued in Finland with the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship.

Have you ever dreamed of throw very far away your mobile phone when its battery is over or when the person you want to talk doesn't respond? If the answer is affirmative or you have any experience hurling devices,  this is your competition.

The Finnish town of Savonlinna celebrated the twelfth year of the global phone-chucking competition and, as its organisers said, it “is light and modern Finnish sport.”

Finn Ere Karjalainen, a 18-year-old Finnish young, won the 2012 edition, setting a new world record with a 101 metres throw. He triumphed in a field of about 50 competitors, some of whom came from as far away as India.

Second place was taken by Jeremy Gallop of South Africa with a throw of 94.67 metres, which set a national South African record.

However, this is not only about throwing a mobile phone, you need to practice and every person has its own method. The young Finn explained that he had only a single practice throw before the event, but that he obtained his big potential by “mainly drinking.”

Besides, there are three different categories in the contest: a straight-out distance throw, a freestyle round judged on creativity and aesthetics and a junior category for the under-12s.

This “special” championship is organised by Fennolingua, a local translation company, to publicise phone recycling. Local recycling banks give the devices for the competition, therefore competitors can't use their own handsets.

The company tries to combine the recycling issue with philosophy, with all the feelings that generates a mobile phone on humans, such as hope, anticipation, passion and frustration.

The devices used in the tournament are often old Nokias that have been traded in at mobile phone dealers. The question is, was any former employer from the Finnish company within the competitors?

Anyhow, it is a good way to reduce stress and practice for the 2016 Rio, whether the IOC decide to include it as an official Olympics' sport.