South Korean teenagers, Bae Yeong Ho, 17, of Bundang, and Ha Mok Min, 15, of Seoul came out as the fastest texters n the speed-texting competition at Thursday’s LG Mobile World Cup held at Manhattan, New York. They were awarded a $100,000 prize. They beat their competition, USA’s Kate Moore and Morgan Dynda, by a full 20 seconds.

The 12 teams had to copy words in their native language displayed on a monitor without mistakes or abbreviations.Some words were intentionally misspelt to keep the competitors on their toes.

Bea Yeong Ho (L) and Ha Mok Min of South Korea celebrate after winning the LG Mobile World Cup Texting Championship in New York  Read more:



Two American teenage girls’ hopes were dashed when they lost a $100,000 top prize to South Korea.

“I was about to cry at first,” Kate Moore, 16, of Des Moines, Iowa, said of her second-place finish in the LG Mobile World Cup Thursday. “It was really stressful.”

Kate and teammate Morgan Dynda, 14, of Pooler, Ga., finished second and split $20,000. Argentina placed third.

Teams of two texters from each country stood at white podiums and raced to text lists of words into the keyboards of their mobile devices at Gotham Hall.

“The key is my flexible finger,” winner Bae Yeong Ho, 17, of Bundang, said through a translator.

“I don’t know if it’s real to me yet,” Ho’s partner Ha Mok Min, 15, of Seoul, said moments after taking the top prize.

The South Koreans beat their American counterparts by 20 seconds in the final round.

“I think they’re, like, crazy good,” Kate said of the mighty Koreans. “I assume all they did this last week was text, eat and sleep.”