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Hot Dog Champion Eats Past His Own Record

From Times Wire Reports

A 160-pound wonder from Japan set a record by devouring 53 3/4 frankfurters in 12 minutes to win the annual Independence Day hot dog eating competition on Coney Island.

The feat earned Takeru Kobayashi, 27, his sixth straight title in the event, held at the original Nathan’s Famous hot dog stand on Brooklyn’s seashore. His prize: the coveted Yellow Mustard Belt. Kobayashi broke his own record of 53 1/2 hot dogs, set at the same competition two years ago.

Joey Chestnut, a 220-pound civil engineering student from San Jose, was second, with 52 dogs consumed.

“I hit a wall. I just felt tired,” he told an interviewer from ESPN, which broadcast the competition live.

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