July 4th, 2010
01:18 PM ET

Chestnut wins 4th straight hot dog eating contest

Joey Chestnut won his fourth straight Coney Island hot dog eating contest Sunday afternoon, eating 54 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, nine better than the second-place finisher.

Chestnut failed to get to close to the contest record, set by him last year, of 68.

Japanese competitor Takeru Kobayashi, who was Chestnut's toughest competitor in recent years, did not participate this year.

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  1. rph

    John, the children are starving because their government or warlords confiscate all the aid we send. If Nathan's didn't have this contest, do you think any of those kids would be any better off? Think before you post. To everyone else, I don't consider it a good forth unless I see the contest. It's grose but fun. Happy fourth!

    July 4, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Laura

    It's a fun American tradition...Can't you (immigrants and American hating) people just butt out and go home. You want to live here and enjoy our culture and benefit from it then turn around and bash out innocent fun...Sure it's a gross thing to do with the hot dog....but our soldiers die for our right to do so...so go the hell home....I am a proud American

    July 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ALM1980

    Gross....hopefully they were turkey hot dogs..

    July 4, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. oakhill

    I started watching this on TV and had to stop because it grossed me out so bad, but hey, the people doing it, and the people there spectating, were all having a good time. For those of you bashing this as an unnecessary American pasttime- guess what, there's eating contests all over the world. And the money spent on the food eaten was probably a WHOLE lot less than the money spent on pro sports (pick one – any one) globally. So anyone trying to use this as an example of gross wastefulness that could have fed starving children somewhere, try again. Pretty weak argument. . .

    July 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. GKK

    Slavery was American tradition. No votes for women was American tradition. Not all traditions need to continue. With major unemployment and high poverty rates, it is disgusting to see a line of people wasting so much food, purely for a side show. A large number of children of US born American (not illegal aliens) low-income population suffers from malnutrition. I'm very proud of being an American but not proud of this disgusting tradition.

    July 4, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hungry Todd Rungy

      shut up and go read a book you sissy! America needs TRUE patriots like HUNGRY TODD RUNGY and JOEY CHESTNUT!


      July 4, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. charlie

    i think that we should all stop fighting about a petty hot dog eating contest and show a little unity today. Our country is not perfect, but what is? Lets all sit back and think about our freedoms and enjoy our birthday. Yes I said our birthday. this country belongs to each and every one of us, and we can all think of at least a few things to be proud of. BE PROUD STAND TALL AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!

    July 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hungry Todd Rungy

      people this is serious! He attackedOUR PATRIOT on AMERICAS birthday after winning OUR FOOD CONTEST! WE must respond swift and vengeful!! USA!


      July 4, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fred

    This is sport and tradition? Pretty lame. What's next, putting Sarah Palin on the dollar bill?

    July 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin

    I congratulate anybody who can eat even ONE of those salt-and-chemical filled American hotdogs, instead of the real kind.

    July 4, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hungry Todd Rungy

      thank you KEVIN! happy USA Bday to you toO!! WOO! AMERICA!

      July 4, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. LimRickNews

    Usually a champion in sports earns a score,
    Could be 1, might be 10, maybe more,
    This year's Hot Dog Winner,
    Speaking frankfurterly, no thinner,
    Is Joey Chestnut, the victor at fifty-four.

    For more, google "LimRickNews".

    July 4, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Susan

    Happy birthday America, GREAT land that I love and to all her birthday traditions no matter what they are! Good job Joey!

    July 4, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
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