A man has set a world record for typing a sentence in the fastest time using only his nose.

Khurshid Hussain, from India, managed to write a 103-character sentence in just 47 seconds, which was 6.56 seconds quicker than his first attempt.

The 23-year-old man has previously been in the Guinness Book of World Records for typing the entire English alphabet in 3.43 seconds using his fingers.

However, he decided to show off his unusual skill by tying his hand behind his back and typing out a sentence using his nose.

Guinness asked him to write: "Guinness World Records has challenged me to type this sentence using my nose in the fastest time."

According to Hussain, he practiced typing this way for six hours a day before embarking on the challenge.

He beat the previous record set by a Saudi Arabian citizen in 2008, who managed the same feat last year in one minute and 33 seconds.

Unveiling the secret to his success, he said: "If you want to set a record, every milisecond counts. I typed with one eye closed, as it is difficult otherwise to locate the keys."

Hussain's previous world record was achieved in February 2012, according to the Guinness website.

He performed the feat in the presence of S. M. Arif, the Padmashree and Dronacharya awardee; Mohteshyam Ali, silver medallist at the Mr World body building championship; Naina Jaiswal, an international table tennis player and Iftekhar Shareef, who acted as witnesses for the record-breaking attempt.

In 2012, Grace Pak, from the US, broke the world record of 280 character-per-minute for the fastest typing on a smart phone.

The same year, Hank Torres held the world record for the fastest hands-free typing, while Jorge Guevara, from Argentina, held the world record for the fastest typing on a smart phone in Spanish.

Malaysia has held an annual speed typing contest since 2011. In this context, each participant must pass a certain number of words per minute to be eligible for the final live competition. The contest is supported by Microsoft Malaysia and the Malaysian Book of Records.