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Joey Chestnut unseats world hot dog champ

Joey ChestnutIn a gut-busting showdown that combined drama, daring and indigestion, Joey Chestnut emerged Wednesday as the world's hot-dog-eating champion, knocking off six-time winner Takeru Kobayashi in a record-setting triumph.

Chestnut, the great red-white-and-blue hope in the annual Fourth of July competition, broke his own world record by inhaling 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes -- a staggering one every 10.9 seconds -- before a screaming crowd in Coney Island.

"If I needed to eat another one right now, I could," the 23-year-old Californian said after receiving the mustard-yellow belt emblematic of supremacy in frankfurter consumption.

"This title's been held by Kobayashi for six years, so it's about time it came home," said Chestnut, holding an American flag in his arms.

Kobayashi finished with 63 HDBs (hot dogs and buns eaten) in his best performance ever.

Link & Image: Washington Post
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