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US man sets hot dog eating record

4 July 09 21:51 GMT

The world record for competitive hot dog eating has been broken in the US.

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut ate 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes at the annual 4 July contest at Coney Island in New York, breaking his old record of 66.

His main rival, Japan's six-time winner Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi, ate 64 and a half. It is thought the two men ate around 19,000 calories between them.

The first such hot dog eating contest was held in 1916, when the winner put away only 13 frankfurters.

The two men have gone gut-to-gut for almost a decade at the annual competition, which has become an Independence Day tradition in the US.

This year's contest was broadcast live on sports channel ESPN, and featured much of the fanfare usually reserved for professional sporting events.

Mr Chestnut, who won his third straight title in a row, takes home $20,000 (£12,250) in prize money and the coveted Mustard Belt.

The 25-year-old Californian is a man of diverse taste, the BBC's Jon Donnison reports from Washington.

His other world records include eating 5kg of macaroni and cheese in seven minutes; and 188 jalapeno peppers in 10 minutes.

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