Emma Alam of Pakistan won the finals of the 13th World Speed Reading Championships on Monday, defeating more than 100 competitors from around the world.
The finals, which had been postponed due to Covid-19, were completed this week with a magnificent triumph for Team Pakistan.
Emma, who won the competition by defeating her Chinese opponent in the finals, was also named World Memory Champion in 2020, and she holds two Guinness World Records titles. She was also named Pride of Pakistan by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Abeerah Ather is currently ranked fourth in the World Speed Reading Championships. Emma Alam came in third place and Ambreen Hameed came in fourth place for Team Pakistan at the 12th World Mind Mapping Championship.
With nearly 100 athletes, several countries competed. The Global Chief verified and rated the final results of both competitions.
Competitors in the Speed-Reading Championships are given a book and given a maximum of two hours to read it. When the contestant has done reading, their time is recorded, the book is removed, and they are given the comprehension question paper, which contains 20 questions created by the author and an arbiter from the Guild of Mind Sports Arbiters, along with a few unique rules.
The questions, for example, just require one or two words to answer, with no multiple-choice options. The offered book at the 2021 championship had a total of 15,823 words, which Emma Alam read in 20 minutes and 4 seconds at 789 words per minute, with a remarkable comprehension rate of 97 percent, giving Emma an effective reading speed of 7,648 words per minute.
Effective reading speed is a measure that takes into account comprehension and WPM to designate a winner. To put this in context, the global average reading speed is roughly 200 words per minute.
For the past four years, Emma and her team have competed in a variety of mental sports.