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Scot claims haggis eating crown

Previous haggis eating championship
The winner will have to eat 1lb of haggis faster than everyone else

Competitors from across the globe have taken part in the World Haggis Eating Championship in Perthshire.

The event was won by Willie Robertson, from Dunkeld, who downed 1lb of haggis in two minutes and five seconds.

Mr Robertson, who also won the title four years ago, walked away with a trophy and a bottle of whisky.

The championship was held as part of the 125th Birnam Highland Games, and attracted competitors from Australia, New Zealand and the US.

It featured the traditional haggis - made from sheep innards, oatmeal, and spices - although organisers may add vegetarian versions in future.

'Quite a mouthful'

Among the challengers was dentist Todd Kamena, the son of the mayor of Livermore, in California.

He has been trying in vain to claim the title for the past three years and has promised not to stop until he wins.

Event organiser Bob Lindsay told the BBC Scotland News website it was not an easy contest.

He said: "It's a plate of haggis, with a plastic knife and fork and everybody who has entered sits down at the big table.

"It's quite difficult because it's plastic knives and forks and the plastic sometimes breaks.

"It's also quite a mouthful - they are offered a can of lager to help digest it - and most of them do take that up."

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