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Tang holds on to win contest for a car

Tang Yuyan is the proud owner of a new car after she managed to keep her hand on the vehicle for more than two days in a Shanghai contest.

The Volkswagen, valued at 150,000 yuan (US$24,300), cost the 28-year-old woman just a swollen wrist and some strained muscles.

She beat another 46 competitors at the contest in a shopping mall in the Pudong New Area which began on Monday.

"I just want to go home and sleep," Tang told a local TV news reporter yesterday.

Qiao Ling, who had been standing with Tang until the very last moment before she was forced to give up, was in tears when she was being interviewed.

The competition attracted 200 people and 47 were picked, on the basis of their health, to take part in the marathon. They had to have one hand on the car at all times, apart from a 15-minute break every six hours.

And organizer raised the stakes in the final stages yesterday, asking entrants to perform various gestures, such as standing on one leg, as onlookers cheered.

A hospital arranged emergency treatment during the competition.

"Watching them testing themselves may be interesting, but they must be in pain," said one onlooker.

Another said it was a boring game and just an advert for the car and the shopping mall.

Others, smiling, said that the contest proved that women had much better endurance than men.


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