Sydney’s Jian Li has won $10,000 and is on her way to New York after becoming Australia’s fastest texter.
The winner of the LG Mobile World Cup is Jian Li of Sydney, who is off to New York where she will compete against texters from around the world for the ultimate prize of $100,000 USD, and the title of ‘World’s Fastest Texter’.
The three contestants, Jian Li, Bronte Fisher and Paige Gallagher, each secured a place in the Grand Final after competing in heats in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne during October. Last night MTV presenter Darren McMullen hosted a game show style competition at MTV where the girls battled it out over a series of challenging scenarios based around texting.
After texting the alphabet while blindfolded, the contestants were challenged to text a random sentence accurately and quickly while being harassed and distracted. The girls were then tested on their knowledge of texting acronyms in a pop quiz. Jian and Paige proved that their brains are as fast as their thumbs, progressing through to the head to head text-off.
With intense pressure on them, Jian and Paige were both given the same 160 character sentence to complete at the same time – the very same sentence that was used for the Guinness World Record text. To win they had to text “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.” and be fast and one hundred per cent accurate, including all punctuation. Which is just what Jian was, completing the sentence correctly in an astonishing time of 50.06 seconds.
“I can’t believe I won,” said Jian, who normally send over one hundred texts per day. “I’ve been practising on the LG Xenon that I won at the Sydney heats, but I never thought I’d beat the others because they were so fast. I can’t wait to go to New York and compete against the rest of the world!”
Jian will represent Australia in the LG Mobile World Cup, and will be up against the fastest texters from Indonesia, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Mexico, Argentina, Korea, Spain, Portugal, USA, Canada and New Zealand.