Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Pen spinning champion named in Japan

A 16-year-old student from Japan has been named as the first ever pen-spinning champion.

Reports suggest that Ryuki Omura was named the champion of the strange sport after competing in a tournament in Tokyo over the weekend.The event was organised by the Pen Spinning Association of Japan and featured the 16 finalists chosen from 276 video entries.

The entrants were then asked to showcase their pen spinning skills, and performed a host of dazzling flicks, spins and throws. People were judged on their technique and artistry.

One of the organisers, Mitsuhiro Nakamata, clarified to the Reuters news agency what it was that the judges were looking for. "The most important thing is to make the combination of tricks as smooth as possible."

He added: "Pens are always around, so you can practice and enjoy pen-spinning anytime, anywhere. If we can find a sponsor, we want to take this contest international." According to the report, toy maker Takara Tomy has already released a pen specially designed for the young sport.

Why not have a look at this personalised ballpoint pen, you could use it for spinning or writing, the choice is yours. Enjoy.

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