New York - The reigning 16-year-old champion of cellphone texting has reclaimed the title of fastest texter in America.

Austin Weirschke of New York, won after eight rounds at the texting competition on Wednesday in Times Square. He gets $50,000 (about R400 000) in prize money.

Eleven contestants from around the US competed. The competition tested three skills: speed, accuracy and dexterity.

There were three rounds, including texting while blind-folded and texting with hands behind their backs.

The third round is called “text blitz.” Phrases were shown to the contestants for a length of time and they copied them as fast as they could.

The annual competition is sponsored by cellphone-maker LG Electronics. - Sapa-AP