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  World hot dog eating record goes
Updated 05 July 2004, 11.53
Takeru Kobayashi wins the hot dog contest
A Japanese man has broken the world record for wolfing down hot dogs.

Takeru Kobayashi, the world speed-eating champion, swallowed 53 and half hot dog sausages and their buns in just 12 minutes on Sunday!

He broke last year's record during a hot dog eating event at New York's Coney Island on Sunday.

"I think he has proven, once again, that he is one of the finest athletes of any sport in the world," said event spokesperson Richard Shea.

Takeru Kobayashi eating a hot dog

Noboyuki Shirota, also from Japan, came in second after wolfing down 38 hot dogs.

Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, came in third with 32 dogs, breaking the women's world record.

"She's just beginning with this, so the sky's the limit," Mr Shea said of Sonya's efforts.

The hot dog competition has been running at Coney island since 1916.

Around 3,000 people went to watch the contest.

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