THE winner of a 'speed dumpling eating' contest dropped dead after downing 10 dumplings in 30 seconds.
Ivan Mendel claimed first place and the prize of a jar of sour cream before taking ill at the competition in Tokmak, south-east Ukraine.
An ambulance arrived to take the 77-year-old for emergency treatment but doctors were unable to save him.
One man who was watching the competition said: “The old man got sick and fell to the ground.
“The ambulance arrived when he was already dead. The doctor said that he probably choked on vomit.”
Organisers deny claims that the dumpling eating contest was linked to Mr Mendel's death.
The dumplings used were filled with potatoes and had been bought from a local supermarket.