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'Tsunami' ingests 53½ hot dogs at contest

Updated: July 5, 2004, 12:11 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- When it comes to eating hot dogs, "The Tsunami" still blows everybody away.

For the fourth straight year, rail-thin Takeru Kobayashi chewed up the competition at the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating competition Sunday, breaking his own previous world record.

Kobayashi, of Nagano, Japan, gulped down 53½ wieners in 12 minutes and shattered his own world record by three dogs. In 2002, he had wolfed down 50½.

The closest competitor Sunday was ...

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