Man receives €350 after winning annual ‘lying down championships’

Callum Jones

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Man receives €350 after winning annual ‘lying down championships’

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Ever wanted to sit on your backside all day and get paid for it?

I think for most of us it would be a dream, but for this one man, he did just that for a recent competition and some well-earned cash.

Zarko Pejanvic is from the Zabjelo neighbourhood of Podgorica, Montenegro, and was recently announced as the winner of the 12th edition of the lying down competition after enduring an easy 60 hour lie-down.

As a result of his triumphant effort, Pejanvic was awarded €350 (£295), a rafting experience, lunch for two in a restaurant in Podgorica, plus a weekend stay in the ethnic village 'Montenegro'.

The man also claimed many more prizes from sponsors of the event.

Speaking to Glas Zabjela, 2022's lying-down competition winner said: "It wasn't difficult, believe me, I didn't even warm up.

"When a company comes to support the competitors, it's fun, but the biggest mistake is when someone's family comes.

This year's winner managed to stay lying down for an incredible 60 hours. Credit: RTCG
This year's winner managed to stay lying down for an incredible 60 hours. Credit: RTCG

"When someone's family members come, it's hard not to get up."

The competition took place under the canopy of a hundred-year-old maple tree, but contestants had to go to a hut during the day because of rain.

Despite Pejanvic's impressive lying-down time, he was unable to break the record for the competition from last year by a considerable margin.

Dubravka Aleksic, last year's winner, was lying-down for nearly five days straight at 117 hours - a record that will certainly take some beating for future competitors.

This year's contestants said they had hoped to beat 2021's record, but they eventually gave in for obvious reasons.

The one question you are probably asking is how the contestants for this lying-down competition go to the toilet? Well, you will be glad to hear toilet breaks are allowed every 8 hours... Still not loads though, if you haven't got much to do.

Going for toilet breaks wasn't always allowed during the now annualised competition.

Before the record was broken in 2021, participants had to spend a staggering 52 hours on the floor before they were allowed to move.

Thankfully, those taking part are allowed toilet breaks and time to eat and drink. Credit: RTCG
Thankfully, those taking part are allowed toilet breaks and time to eat and drink. Credit: RTCG

Speaking last year, Radoje Blagojević, the contest’s organiser said: "They are allowed to go to the toilet after 8 hours, so maybe it was easier to break the record set two years ago, which was 52 hours continuous lying down.

"They weren’t allowed to go to the toilet. I couldn’t have managed that, so all credits go to them."

Of course eating and drinking is allowed, plus the sited contestants are allowed to use a laptop or phone and can also read a book to pass the time. Not a bad shift, right?

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Callum Jones
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