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4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island

4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island

By Jesse Jones

Every 4th of July since 1916, Coney Island, New York is home to the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.  The sport has continuously grown, especially this decade, when a Japanese man named Takeru Kobayashi began to own his opponents.  In 2001, he broke the world record by eating 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes.  For most of this decade he has been unmatched.

However, three years ago a man from California came into play; Joey Chestnut.  In 2007 Chestnut broke the world record and beat Kobayashi by consuming 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes.  From then on, a rivalry was born.

Joey Chestnut has won the previous two contests, and today, July 4, 2009, looked to win his third consecutive with Kobayashi looking to get his crown back.  This year the rules were different.  The time limit was shortened by two minutes, making the contest only 10 minutes long.  Even with a shortened time limit, Joey Chestnut set another world record by consuming 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes, and beating his rival Kobayashi for the third consecutive time.

Chestnut Being Honored For His 3 Pear

Chestnut Being Honored For His 3 Peat

So how does Joey Chestnut consume all this food in such a short amount of time?  He trains himself by fasting and stretching his stomach with such things like water, milk, and protein.

You can catch the 4th of July Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest every 4th of July on ESPN.

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