New York (AP) -- An American is the new world hot dog eating champion.
Californian Joey Chestnut inhaled a record 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes today to defeat six-time winner Takeru Kobayashi in the annual Fourth of July contest in New York.
Kobayashi won every Nathan's hot dog competition from 2001 through last year. He recently had a wisdom tooth extracted and received chiropractic treatment because of a sore jaw. But that hardly slowed him down, as he had his best performance ever by eating 63 hot dogs.
The previous record for most hot dogs eaten in a competition was the 59 1/2 Chestnut ate last month.
Chestnut and Kobayaski each had eaten 60 hot dogs with 60 seconds to go when Chestnut, with the veins on his forehead extended, pulled away to end Kobayashi's reign.
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