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World's fastest texter in Dunedin

Published: 8:55PM Saturday November 17, 2007 Source: ONE News

A world record's been set in Dunedin for speedy texting.

While it's yet to be ratified, 17-year-old Elliot Nicholls could find his name in the Guinness Book of Records for being the world's fastest texter.

"Imagine looking through the world record book and seeing, hey Elliot Nicholls from Dunedin, says Nicholls' friend Luke Robson.

The current record's held by an Italian, set in September last year at one minute and twenty three seconds.

But now there's a new winner in town, with fingers flying Nicholls texted "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 if that sounds easy then you should know that Nicholls did all that without looking at the screen, in 45 seconds, and correctly.

Surrounded by anxious family, two scrutineers and video cameras for proof, Nicholls set about beating the world record.

After a few duds, one slower attempt of 51 seconds and a nervous few minutes' wait, he got his wish.

"I know it's going to be pretty hard to beat now, with 45 seconds, so I'm really happy, really happy," says Nicholls.

He says if someone else does beat the record he might try it again, but for now it's back to being a normal 17-year-old and hitting the books for exams.