A man died after power-eating 10 dumplings in half a minute in a competition in Ukraine.

The 77-year-old man managed to wolf down the dumplings to claim first place and the prize of a jar of sour cream in an eating competition.

But he then fell ill at the contest in Tokmak, in the south-east of the country, at the weekend.

“The old man got sick and fell to the ground,” a witness told Interfax news agency. “The ambulance arrived when he was already dead. The doctor said that he probably choked on vomit.”

Dumplings, or vareniki, are a versatile staple of Ukrainian cuisine and are served stuffed with a range of fillings, from mushrooms to cherries.

According to organisers of last weekend's contest, the dumplings used were filled with potatoes and had been bought from a local supermarket.

They have refuted suggestions the contest killed Mr Mendel