The world record for competitive hot dog eating has been broken in the US.
Joey “Jaws” Chestnut ate 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes at the annual 4 July contest at Coney Island in New York, shattering his old record of 66.
His main rival, Japan’s six-time winner Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi, ate 64 and a half.
Damn boy! But better luck next time I suppose…
The first such hot dog eating contest was held in 1916, when the winner put away only 13 franks.
The two men have gone gut-to-gut for almost a decade at the annual competition, which has become an Independence Day tradition in the US.
This year’s contest was broadcast live on sports channel ESPN, and featured much of the fanfare usually reserved for professional sporting events. Okay so if eating is now a recognized sport I think I should ESPN should see how much chocolate I can eat after a particularity spectacular break-up… Or perhaps the tequila downing would be more interesting.
Mr Chestnut, who won his third straight title in a row, takes home $20,000 (£12,250) in prize money and the coveted Mustard Belt (excuse the pun!)
But his culinary tastes do stretch to other foods.. His other world records include eating 5kg of macaroni and cheese in seven minutes; and 188 jalapeno peppers in 10 minutes.
I’d like to see him come here and see how much pap and wors he could consume in 10 minutes…
A new SA sport methinks. And it’s pretty hard to eye-gouge when you’re shoveling all the pap in.