Student takes world record for cellphone-throwing

LONG DISTANCE CALL: Ben Langton Burnell attempts to break the world record at cellphone throwing at Massey Athletics track.
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LONG DISTANCE CALL: Ben Langton Burnell attempts to break the world record at cellphone throwing at Massey Athletics track.

He may have thrown a personal best with the javelin, but Ben Langton Burnell is more proud of how far he can biff a broken cellphone.

The 20-year-old Massey University student broke the world record for cellphone-throwing last night at the Massey athletics track, heaving his broken Nokia 120.64 metres.

The previous record was 102 metres.

He had six attempts at the record, breaking it first time when he threw 117.17 metres before breaking his own record with the 120.64 metre throw.

While currently not verified - Mr Langton Burnell did not pay for a world record referee to come out from Australia - he said he was confident everything would work out fine after judges saw the television footage.

He said he was not worried about the phone breaking, though the screen popped out after the final throw. "It works a lot better now than when it actually did go."

While throwing a phone more than 120 metres was a massive effort, Mr Langton Burnell said he wanted to go further.

"It was the first time I've thrown it into a headwind.

"I was also a bit tired after throwing javelin."

He did have an excuse for being tired too, as he managed to throw a personal best of 70.92 metres.

"I wasn't even feeling it that well, it was just a really good atmosphere."

His coach was not too impressed with the whole concept, he said.

"My coach didn't believe me at the start."

The possibility of injuring himself was also an issue. "I would not have been too happy at all if that happened."

While his family and friends were encouraging him to enter the international cellphone-throwing championship, which would be held in Finland this August, Mr Langton Burnell said he was going to hang up his cellphone-throwing career for now.

"If someone does out-throw me, I'll do it again - just without doing javelin first."

Manawatu Standard