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The Americans have finally reclaimed the Hot Dog Eating title after six years of Japanese reign. Joey Chestnut, 22, of San Jose, shattered the record held by Takeru Kobayashi of Japan by downing 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes during the Southwest Regional Hot Dog Eating Championship in Tempe, Arizona.

Kobayashi ate 63 hot dogs, breaking his own record of 53 3/4 set last year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, held at Coney Island in New York.

Chestnut, who also answers to the nickname “Jaws,” placed second in last year’s world championships, consuming 52 hot dogs.

ESPN

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