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Bradenton pizza-eating contest (photos)

Leonard LaBel went in with no strategy. He walked out a champion — or make that “chompion.”

The Palmetto resident outlasted six fellow competitors in eating the most slices of pizza in a seven-minute span Saturday at Super Heros Subs, Salads & Pizza, 4925 Cortez Road.

LaBel’s damage: six slices.

“I’ve been looking for a pizza-eating contest to enter for long time,” he said. “I love pizza and I knew I could do it.”

The Pizza Palooza and Ultimate Pizza Eating Contest was the first of many to come, say restaurant owners Beth and Gary Strassberg.

Portions of the proceeds go to Manasota Operational Troop Support, which sends monthly care packages to deployed soldiers from Manatee and Sarasota counties.

“We want to support the military,” Beth Strassberg said.

As for LaBel, he walked away with a Blu-ray player and three DVDs — and two leftover slices of pizza.

“Breakfast,” he said.

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