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Man eats 480 oysters in 8 minutes to win contest

By Ben Hooper

June 5 (UPI) -- A competitive eater slurped down 480 oysters in 8 minutes to win a New Orleans competition and set a new record for the event.

Darron Breedon of Orange, Va., bested six other competitors Sunday at the World Oyster Eating Championship at the Oyster Festival in New Orleans.

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Breedon downed 40 dozen oysters -- 480 total shellfish -- in eight minutes, leaving the competition in his dust.

Defending champion Michelle Lesco of Tucson, Ariz., came in second after consuming 27 dozen -- 324 oysters -- in the time allotted.

Organizers said Breedon's win was a new record for the event, sponsored by Acme Oyster House.

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