Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2012: Joey Chestnut Is Best of All Time

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Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2012: Joey Chestnut Is Best of All Time
Source: The Denver Post

If anyone was questioning Joey Chestnut's hot-dog eating skills before this year—which, most likely, no one was—the doubters have fallen silent.

On Wednesday, Chestnut won his sixth consecutive Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, establishing himself as the fiercest competitor the sport of hot-dog eating has ever seen.

Not only does Chestnut currently hold the world record for the most hot dogs consumed in a 10-minute period with 68—he set that mark back in 2009—but he matched it this year, devouring another 68 dogs in the contest and blowing the competition out of the water. The second-place finisher, Tim Janus, consumed just 52 dogs.

After winning the contest (and another $10,000) after consuming more than 20,000 calories, Chestnut made it clear he's not planning on retiring from the sport any time soon. He still has more to prove, telling the Associated Press, "I'm looking forward to next year already."

Though it is unfathomable that someone so fit could possibly have consumed so many hot dogs throughout the course of his life—he's 6'0" and about 210 pounds, according to the AP—Chestnut clearly possesses a special talent. In the course of the last six years, Chestnut has devoured 377 hot dogs and has firmly established himself as the best competitor this sport has ever seen.

Believe it or not, Chestnut isn't the first challenger to win six straight contests, but he is the first to eat 68 hot dogs. The fact that he did it twice is even more remarkable. From 2001-2006, Japanese competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi owned the contest, but the most hot dogs he ever consumed during one of his victories was 53 3/4. In the first contest Kobayashi ever won, he housed 50 hot dogs in order to double the previous world record.

Chestnut destroyed that record-holder by almost 15 hot dogs in one sitting, and he's out-paced Kobayashi by 75 3/4 hot dogs over the last six years.

Chestnut never met a competitive eater he couldn't beat, and until he decides to officially give his intestines a rest, it's unlikely he ever will. Until then, it's safe to say that he owns this competition.

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