Chestnut was declared world champion for the fifth year running at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York's Coney Island after stuffing 62 hot dogs down his throat in 10 minutes
It's almost like he's bending the hot dogs in his mouth like oral origami," Shea said of Chestnut, who periodically shook his stomach vigorously in what fans said has become his trademark move.Ten years ago today, Takeru Kobayashi changed the way we look at competitive eating. By that, I mean he actually made us look at competitive eating. In 2000, Kazutoyo Arai ate a record 25 hot dogs. In 2001, Kobayashi, in his rookie performance doubled that number. Things would never be the same.Instead he will compete from afar, eating alongside a live satellite feed of the contest on the roof of 230 FIFTH, a Manhattan bar. He’ll eat the very same Nathan’s hot dogs and buns, starting and finishing in time with the real competitors.
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