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Competitors tumble after cheese wheel

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Contestants in the men's race chase a Double Gloucester Cheese down the steep gradient of Cooper's Hill during the annual Bank Holiday tradition of cheese-rolling on May 27, in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England. Although no longer a officially organized event since 2009, thousands of spectators still gathered to watch contestants from around the world tumbling down the 650-foot slope, which has a 1:1 gradient in parts, in a series of races that are said to date back hundreds of years, with the winner of each receiving a cheese. Injuries such as broken arms and legs are commonplace.

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Contestants in the men's race chase a replica Double Gloucester Cheese.

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Kenny Rackers from the U.S. celebrates winning the first race down Coopers Hill in pursuit of a fake foam round of Double Gloucester cheese during the annual cheese-roll near the village of Brockworth.