Woman dies in Australia Day lamington-eating contest

Article Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51259819

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A woman has died in Australia while taking part in a contest to eat as many lamingtons as possible. The woman, aged 60, is reported to have had a seizure during the event at a hotel in Hervey Bay, Queensland, to mark Australia Day on Sunday. Contestants had earlier been filmed speed-eating the lamingtons, a traditional sponge cake covered in chocolate and desiccated coconut. She was given CPR at the scene and taken to hospital but later died. Witnesses said the woman had crammed one of the cakes into her mouth when she appeared to get into difficulties. Footage has emerged showing other patrons of the pub cheering on the eaters, who have glasses of water next to them, before the accident.