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BIG CHEESE: Kenny Rackers celebrates victory in the first race of the annual Cheese Rolling event at Coppers Hill near Brockworth, Gloucestershire (PA)

AN AMERICAN army veteran walked away the winner of the rebel version of the annual Cheese Rolling competition.

Kenny Rackers, 27, flew from Colorado Springs to a steep hill in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, to take part in the world-famous event.

Competitors run down Coopers Hill in pursuit of a fake foam round Double Gloucester cheese and the winning racer wins a cheese.

Inspired by what he had seen on TV of previous events, the estate agent was keen to take part and was dressed in a US stars and stripes morph suit.

RACKERS WINS: The American beats off the competition

"It feels great, I trained a long time for this and got hurt on the hill practising. I came three days early and I took a bad spill, but I came to win and that's what I did,” Rackers told The Huffington Post.

"I came 3,000 or 4,000 miles just for this race. I put it on my bucket list and today it was to win and that's what I did."

The competition is believed to have originated in the early 19th century, but the official event has been cancelled since 2010 due to health and safety fears.

At the latest event, more than 2000 spectators watched the rebel rollers chase the cheese 200 metres down a rough and ragged 1:2 gradient slope.

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