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Fla. man wins nat'l memory contest held in NYC

Mountaineer from Fla. wins national memory competition held in NYC; breaks own record By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' A Florida man who climbs mountains to call attention to Alzheimer's disease has won a national memory competition held in New York City.

It's the second year in a row that 28-year-old Nelson Dellis of Miami has won the USA Memory Championship. He also broke a record for memorizing 330 random numbers in five minutes, besting the previous record of 248 numbers in five minutes. He set that record last year.

About 50 people competed in Saturday's challenge of mental skill.

Among the challenges, competitors had to recall 99 names and faces, a 50-line unpublished poem and 200 random words.

A group from Hershey High School in Hershey, Pa., won in a competition against groups from another high school and the University of Pennsylvania.

The competition, now in its 15th year, was founded by a former IBM executive to promote the capabilities of the human brain.

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