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Germany

New Record in Mobile Phone Throwing

A German has smashed the national record for the rarely contested sport of cell phone throwing by hurling his phone 67.50 meters (nearly 223 feet), organizers of the event announced Monday. In the competition in Wehnde, Thuringia, on Sunday, Nico Morawa beat the former record of 65.80 meters, set four years by Heiko Scholl. Both men are from Kamenz in the eastern state of Saxony. Morawa, who is also spokesman for the association of German cell phone throwers, beat 70 competitors to win the event. According to the association's website, the "sport" began when cell phone manufacturers were offering cheap phones during the industry's boom years of 2000 and 2001. When the phones broke, the Kamenz association came up with a new use for them. (AFP)