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Pakistan’s Emma Alam beat over 100 competitors to win global speed reading competition

Emma Alam

Pride of the country- Emma Alam from Pakistan won the 13th World Speed Reading Championships finals, defeating more than 100 competitors across the world.

The competitions were postponed because of Covid-19, however, finally concluded this week with great success for Team Pakistan.

Emma defeated her Chinese competitor in the finals. She was also crowned in 2020 as the World Memory Champion and already won two titles of Guinness World Records and also known as Pride of Pakistan by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Meanwhile, in the World Speed Reading Championships, Abeerah Ather grabbed the fourth position. Team Pakistan also participated in the 12th World Mind Mapping Championship, in which third and fourth positions were grabbed by Emma Alam and Ambreen Hameed respectively.

Read more: Emma Alam becomes first Pakistani to win ‘World Memory Championship’

A number of countries competed with over 100 competitors. The Global Chief verified and graded the final results of both championships.

Moreover, in contrast to popular fallacies, speed reading is not a tradeoff between speed and comprehension. With the correct procedures, one can read, comprehend and remember information in a small fraction of the usual time.

In the Speed Reading Championships, contestants are given a book with a maximum of two hours to read it. The moment the competitor has completed reading, their time is noted, the book is taken away and they are provided with the comprehension question paper having 20 questions set by the author and by an arbiter of Guild of Mind Sports Arbiters, with some specific rules.

Furthermore, the questions need one or two sentences to answer, with no multiple choices. The provided book had of total 15,823 words which Emma Alam read in 20 minutes and 4 seconds at 789 words per minute with an amazing comprehension of 97 percent giving Emma an influential reading speed of 7,648.

 “I feel great bringing home another World Title. I achieve, to inspire! To inspire young girls and youth, in general, to adapt to learning methods which are quicker, easier, and game-changing for academic excellence,” she said.

Emma with her team has been competing in different mind sports for the past four years.

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