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BBQ Rib War 76-Year-Old Mows Down Racks ... Edged Out By Chestnut

9/1/2016 10:19 AM PDT

BBQ Rib War: 76-Year-Old Edged Out By Joey Chestnut

Old people can EAT -- just ask the 76-YEAR-OLD MAN who came shockingly close to catching Joey Chestnut at one of the BIGGEST rib competitions in the world!! 

It all went down at the Nugget World Rib-Eating Championship near Reno, NV -- where Chestnut chomped through 9.6 POUNDS of spare ribs in 12 minutes (roughly 5 FULL RACKS). 

But the biggest shocker ... 76-year-old Rich "The Locust" LeFevre -- a retired C.P.A. who devoured his way into a 3RD PLACE finish ... crushing other competitors who appeared to be more than half his age!

LeFevre finished by eating 4.8 pounds of ribs!!! We'd say he's a guy you need to keep an eye on in the future ... but, you know ...

Matt Stonie took 2nd place with 7.8 pounds ... failing to defend his 2015 Rib-Eating championship. 

Joey Chestnut -- the king is (baby) back!!!! 

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