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Hugging Salford University students break world record

Faisal Mohyud-Din and Mohammed Azeem
The pair say they are "over the moon" to have broken the record

A pair of embracing students from Greater Manchester have broken the world record for the longest hug.

Faisal Mohyud-Din and Mohammed Azeem managed to remain clasped together for 24 hours and 17 minutes - smashing the current record by 16 minutes.

They have raised money for the new Christie cancer unit in Oldham.

They finished their feat at Oldham Athletic's Boundary Park stadium during the team's game against Leyton Orient on Tuesday night.

The Salford University students said they wanted to do it because everyone is at risk of suffering from the killer disease.

The Christie Cancer Hospital is opening a new £17m radiotherapy centre in Oldham later this week.

Muscle fatigue

They were monitored throughout the challenge and had to stay awake at all times.

The embrace is the charity logo of The Christie Hospital.

Mr Mohyud-Din, a talented sprinter who is aiming to compete in the 2012 Olympics, said: "This was certainly a marathon rather than a sprint.

"I needed all my reserves of stamina to get through it, but I'm over the moon to have broken the record - hopefully the first of many."

Alicia Custis, head of communications at The Christie, added: "Massive congratulations to Faisal and Azeem for the world record - they've done fantastically well and fought against sleep deprivation and muscle fatigue.

"I know it was incredibly hard work and I'm hugely grateful to them for doing this for the Christie. This is a hug for all our cancer patients."

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