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17 January, 2007

Fast lane

Race win for UAE national

Wed 17 Jan, 2007 1:23 AM GMT

DENVER, 17 July (AP) - UAE national Jamal Al Sweihan has become the first Arab to win the World Speed-SMS Championship in Denver, Colorado.

Al Sweihan beat contestants from thirty other countries in to write and send an SMS message in just 4.6 seconds while driving at 220kmph.

He narrowly missed out on a gold in the slalom event after receiving a two-second penalty for abbreviating "you're" to "ur".

The Abu Dhabi resident puts his success down to regular training sessions.

"I train for two hours each day, up and down Sheikh Zayed highway, I send maybe three hundred messages during this time," Al Sweihan said.

"But in the UAE it is more difficult because you must have one hand free to flash the headlights at the car in front, but in the race you can have both hands on the phone."

Al Sweihan's next challenge will be next month's International MMS Rally in Kuala Lumpur.

© Associated Press 2007. All Rights Reserved.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure you are lying. January 17th hasn't happened in Denver yet. So there.

17 January, 2007 07:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must have been difficult to get his foot up on the dashboard with that race harness on..

17 January, 2007 10:30  
Blogger ssosw said...

I use my left foot to flash the headlights . That leaves both hands free:-). How did he become a champion without knowing that.

17 January, 2007 11:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



17 January, 2007 11:24  
Blogger SIN said...

Rock on!
Thx SD, needed a laugh this mornin'

17 January, 2007 11:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure he can make universal record when 'knee steering' is allowed.

17 January, 2007 11:53  
Blogger rt said...

this is a joke right? it can't be real. why would anyone hold a championshp to send sms while speeding!? and 300 msgs in 2 hrs on szr!? thats unbelievable too!!
how weird.

17 January, 2007 14:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


17 January, 2007 14:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

obviously its not true. but i wouldnt call it a joke. what shes trying to imply is.. this is what its leading to and these are the underlying thoughts among ppl behaving in this manner. probably.

17 January, 2007 18:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said... about a Gulf Cup tourney for Speed-SMSs? You can expect some nail biting finishes...

17 January, 2007 18:10  
Blogger CG said...

Harsha, I doubt she is implying that this is what it is leading to.
This is what is.

17 January, 2007 18:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice one!

17 January, 2007 19:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Done!

17 January, 2007 19:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rt said...

this is a joke right? it can't be real. why would anyone hold a championshp to send sms while speeding!? and 300 msgs in 2 hrs on szr!? thats unbelievable too!!
how weird.

Obviously you have never driven down SZR going towards Jebel Ali at 1800 :p

PS- Am hoping that you were being sarcastic and forgot the [sarcasm] [/sarcasm] tags. Additionally it is possible for people to hit those speeds in the evening rush hour, as some idiots ,(idiots of every ethnicity) , speed on the hard sholder.

BTW SD, can I ask you out for a drink while am in sandland ?

17 January, 2007 21:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

off topic but does some one here know the number of any chinese selling pirated DVDs? haven't seen them knocking at my door for so long!!!

17 January, 2007 21:51  
Blogger psamtani said...


17 January, 2007 23:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think a big give-away that the "supposed" news article is a joke is because the speed was reported in Kmph, whereas the speed in the US is measured in Mph (miles per hour). The record would have mentioned Mph or most likely both Mph and Kmph.

18 January, 2007 09:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 17 January, 2007 21:51

Sure, just call this number - 8004888 - and they will send someone over asap.

18 January, 2007 11:48  
Blogger al-republican said...

Hahaha nice! I think my "hijack" post a while ago may have triggered this one, SD :P

So what's your story? By the way, is it OK to fake news items by taking the name of a respected organization as AP? If not, I think you might be at more risk than a baddu driving at x > 200 km/hr on Shaykh Zayed Road!

I still think the worst kind of drivers are to be found in the Ras Al-Khor/Rashidiyyah area!

18 January, 2007 19:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AP? Respected? But that's Western, isn't it? Mebbe you meant Al Jazeerah?

22 January, 2007 15:15  
Blogger al-republican said...

Kochumanavalan (boy that's a mouthful!)-

Who says Western news outlets or anything else Western cannot be appreciated?

You look for too many demons in me! I just try to call it as it is.

23 January, 2007 14:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tsk tsk tsk

u know you can take that hate and direct it into somethin into more use, i dunno what locals did to you ;)

but not all of them are bad,, stop hating,,start livin with it xD

30 January, 2007 11:05  

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