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Sticky situation in Subaru’s 11-hour endurance contest

Contestants stood with their hands glued for 11 hours. Photograph: Hong Menea /Phnom Penh Post

Having endured the blazing sun for 11 hours, 10 Cambodians last Saturday won the chance to fly to Singapore to compete with a few hundred international contestants to win the latest Subaru car.

Contestants had to keep their right palm glued to a Subaru car for a total of 11 hours, to have a chance of winning the competition, the second annual Subaru Palm Challenge.

A total of 76 contestants took part in the competition, including 10 women.

During the competition, they were allowed to use the restroom and eat only once every six hours.

Besides standing firmly with their right palm sticking to the car, the contestants were asked undergo three rounds of challenges.

In the first round, they were asked to use their left hand to hold a bottle of drinking water. In the second, they had to carry two bottles in their left hand and then in the last round they had to hold two bottles while standing on one foot.

The winners were rewarded with SIM cards, a T-shirt from Smart Mobile, 60 bags of Nescafé, a souvenir drinking glass and a Motor Image tra-vel bag.

Yat Buntheng, 36, who was a winner last year as well as this year said he wanted to train his body to become a “sleepless standing pole.”

During the challenge in Singapore last year, sleepiness had forced him to retire from the competition, Buntheng said.

“I will try to survive without sleeping a few nights in a row. I will train my body before going to Singapore.”

The 10 local finalists – a farmer, six students, a mobile-phone repairman, an employee of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and a self-employed person – will fly to Singapore and join 390 contestants from Asian and Southeast Asian nations including Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Taiwan and Singpore for the second round on October 26.



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