Champion shucker: Repeat winner crowned at oyster competition in St. Mary's

A Florida man repeated Sunday as champion of the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Contest held in St. Mary's County.

The 2010 champion, Michael Martin, of Panama City Beach, won again, based on how quickly and completely he shucked 24 oysters, according to Beverly Brown, administrator of the St. Mary's County Oyster Festival.

George Hastings of Nick's Inner Harbor Seafood at Baltimore's Cross Street Market finished in third place, Brown said.

The victory qualifies Martin to compete in the world championships at the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival in Ireland next fall.

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