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Californian devours mark for eating hot dogs, buns

The Associated Press

A California man broke the world record for hot dog eating at a regional contest in Saturday, smashing the mark by nearly six wieners.

Joey Chestnut, 23, of San Jose, shattered the record held by Takeru Kobayashi of Japan by downing 59 1/2 “HBDs” – hot dogs and buns – at the Southwest Regional Hot Dog Eating Championship at the Arizona Mills Mall in Tempe.

Kobayashi’s mark of 53 3/4 was set at last year’s Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, held at Coney Island in New York, said George Costos, who helps runs the regional contests for Nathan’s.

Chestnut placed second in last year’s world championships, consuming 52 hot dogs in the allotted 12 minutes.

The Associated Press

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