A Turkish group on Friday won top awards at an international keyboarding championship in Italy.
Celal Aşkın broke his own record in the text production category for seniors and won a gold medal by typing 156 words a minute.
Organized by Intersteno, the International Federation for Information and Communication Processing, the championships were held July 13-19 in Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, Italy.
İlyas Pamukçu won second place in the text production category for juniors by typing 117 words a minute, while Mehmet Kurt won third place with 113 words. Hakan Kurt won the world championship award in the shorthand and speech-capturing category for seniors with 321 words a minute, while Celal Aşkın got second place honors with 320 words. Onur Demirbaş also won the world championship in the real-time transcription category for pupils, while Celal Aşkın won second place for seniors, and Hakan Kurt came in third place, and Ilyas Pamukcu won third place for juniors. Celal Aşkın also won third place in a combination list for seniors.
Seçkin Köse, head of the Turkish group, said this year the national team raised its gold medal tally from 94 to 97, including 39 world records.
Intersteno is a nonprofit founded in 1887 to celebrate 300 years of modern stenography. In addition to keyboarding championships, Intersteno holds a conference internationally, usually in Europe, every two years.