Montenegrins vie for record in lying down contest!


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record in lying down contest: BREZNA, Montenegro, Sept 7 (Reuters) – In a satirical annual competition held at a holiday resort in northern Montenegro, seven participants are currently contending for the esteemed title of “Laziest Citizen” after surpassing the previous record. Last year’s contest in the village of Brezna witnessed a lying down record of 117 hours, but as this year’s competition entered its 20th day on Thursday, the remaining contestants expressed their determination to continue.

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Despite the duration, the participants reported feeling good and experiencing no health issues. They receive special care and attention, with the only requirement being to remain lying down. Dubravka Aksic, the reigning champion from 2021 at the age of 38, stated, “All of us feel good, excellent, there are no health problems, they are pampering us, all we have to do is to remain lying down.”

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The contest was initiated in the Adriatic country twelve years ago as a satirical response to a prevailing stereotype that depicts Montenegrins as lazy. Radonja Blagojevic, the organizer and owner of the resort, explained that out of the initial 21 participants, seven contestants have endured a total of 463 hours of continuous lying down.

The rules strictly prohibit standing or sitting, as they lead to immediate disqualification. However, contestants are allowed a 10-minute break every eight hours to use the restroom. They are also permitted to read and use cell phones, and laptops during the competition.

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Source image: REUTERS/Stevo Vasiljevic

Filip Knezevic, a 23-year-old newcomer from the town of Mojkovac, expressed his confidence in victory and his aspiration to claim the 1,000-euro ($1,070) prize. “We have everything we need here, company is fantastic, time goes by quickly,” he said.

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