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Old 07-04-2007, 05:13 PM   #1
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CONEY ISLAND, N.Y

The annual 4th of July 'Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest' championship returned to the United States in 2007 -- after almost a decade of being won by a foreign professional eater.

Joey Chestnut, 23, bested perennial winner Takeru Kobayashi, 29, on Wednesday by chomping a new worlds record 66 hot dogs during the contest. Kobayashi managed 63.



Amazingly, both marks eclipsed the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Championship record set last year of 53 1/2 hot dogs consumed by Kobayashi.

Earlier this week, there was some question as to whether the Japanese champion would even compete because of a sore chewing muscle. Tuesday, Kobayashi still had trouble opening his mouth wide enough for a routine teeth cleaning session -- leading many to speculate about his ability to participate in the championship contest.
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