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Chestnut Chows Down 68 Dogs, Defends Title

To most people, the Fourth of July means barbecue, fireworks, and a long weekend. However, in the world of competitive eating, the all-American holiday brings to mind one thing: Nathan's annual hot dog eating competition. The Super Bowl of competitive eating, Nathan's contest is the most-watched, most-hyped competition of the season. Earlier today on Coney Island, the darlings of the competitive eating world, Takeru Kobayashi and two-year reigning champ Joey Chestnut, faced off in an epic battle.

The rivals are both seasoned, serious, and adorned professionals, but in the end, after chowing down 68 hot dogs — a new world record — Chestnut won. Throughout the 10-minute competition, Chestnut maintained a two-dog lead against Kobayashi. "I've been practicing hard," Chestnut said after winning. "I knew it would be hard to beat me."


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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
USA! USA! USA! go joey!
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
im 10 minutes, i could eat 1, maybe 2 if i was really hungry. thats just gross!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I had to work today and I was so bummed that I missed the hot dog eating contest! I was pretty sure Joey Chestnut would win again, though. That guy is insane. Competitive eaters never cease to amaze me. I can't believe they can eat THAT much food at one time.
MandyWH MandyWH 7 years
It's always amazing to me how skinny these guys are -- where did all those hot dogs GO?
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 7 years
Gross.
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