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Chop chop, Kathryn is in a hurry; Teenager is hungry for a fourth record.

Byline: Chris Robinson

ANORTH student will be attempting to break her fourth world record today, picking up grains of rice with chopsticks.

Kathryn Ratcliffe, 18, already has three titles under her belt after making a speedy race against time picking up Smarties and jelly.

Today she will be trying to break her fourth world record by picking the largest amount of grains of rice with chopsticks in three minutes at the Oriental Speed-Eating Challenge at the Taste of London Food Festival.

The current record holder is Tae Wah Gooding, from South Korea, who picked up 64 grains of rice in three minutes.

Kathryn, of Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, has just sat her A-Levels and is planning a trip to Ghana in September as part of her gap-year before beginning university.

Last night she said: "I have done a little practising but hopefully I am going to beat the record "It is quite a strange talent but it's something a bit different so it's really cool."

The teenager first discovered her talent as a 14-year-old while taking part in an event shopping at the MetroCentre, Gateshead.

Since then she has broken world records by picking up 170 Smarties in three minutes, the quickest time for separating different coloured-jelly jeans in 21.96 seconds and eating 210g of jelly using chopsticks.


SPEEDY Kathryn Ratcliffe has three minutes to pick up grains of rice.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 21, 2008
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