05 Jul '11, 12am

Only in America: Competitive eating champ Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut wins US$10k after gobbling 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes

Only in America: Competitive eating champ Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut wins US$10k after gobbling 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes

Joey Chestnut (center) competes in the 2011 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. -- PHOTO: REUTERS NEW YORK - JOEY 'Jaws' Chestnut put away 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes on Monday to win a US gorging contest worthy of ancient Rome, earning the coveted mustard-yellow belt for the fifth consecutive time. A fabled stop on the world's puzzlingly fascinating competitive eating tour, 'Nathan's Famous' hot dog parlour in New York's suitably cheesy Coney Island hosts the exercise in sheer gluttony each Independence Day holiday. Mr Chestnut, a California native who at 183cm tall and 99kg is far from the obese American one might assume, prepares seriously for each event and regards himself as a trained athlete. 'I came out here to win. I did what I had to do. I feel great,' the 27-year-old said after chugging a...

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