Felix Matei is a reliable slow smoker, to say the least. Last year he broke the Romanian slow smoking record when he became the national champion for the second time in a row, despite a 15 minute penalty. This year he completed the hat-trick, once again while breaking the record, but this time without a penalty. 2 hours 34 minutes and 15 seconds is 16 minutes better than last year. Subtract the penalty and you have almost the same time.
“His remarkable feat secured him a place among the top 20 best smokers of the season, further solidifying his reputation as a world-class competitor,” CSWC Head Judge, Marija Marovic, says.
The competition was fierce, with Matei facing a nail-biting showdown against the formidable Matei Victor. Ultimately, it was Felix Matei who prevailed, demonstrating exceptional stamina and a deep understanding of the burning of cigar tobacco. Third position was claimed by the talented Andrei Nitescu.
As an additional international flair to the event, last year’s second runner-up Kamer Alyanakyan from Turkey was back. This time he ended up in fifth place.
1. Felix Matei 2:34:15
2. Matei Victor 2:05:06
3. Andrei Nitescu 1:40:13