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<p>Defending champion Joey Chestnut forces himself hot dogs during the Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. Chestnut ate 54 hot dogs to retain his title. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid </p>

Defending champion Joey Chestnut forces himself hot dogs during the Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. Chestnut ate 54 hot dogs to retain his title. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Defending champion Joey Chestnut forces himself hot dogs during the Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. Chestnut ate 54 hot dogs to retain his title. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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<p>Contestants, including defending champion Joey Chestnut (C), take part in Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid </p>

Contestants, including defending champion Joey Chestnut (C), take part in Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Contestants, including defending champion Joey Chestnut (C), take part in Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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<p>Hot dogs are stacked up before the start of Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid </p>

Hot dogs are stacked up before the start of Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Hot dogs are stacked up before the start of Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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<p>Competitive eater Joey Chestnut (L) faces off against competitor Bob Shoudt during the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony in New York, July 2, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson </p>

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut (L) faces off against competitor Bob Shoudt during the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony in New York, July 2, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut (L) faces off against competitor Bob Shoudt during the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony in New York, July 2, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>Takeru Kobayashi of Japan acknowledges the crowd from a spectators area at Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. Kobayashi would not compete because of contractual problems. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid </p>

Takeru Kobayashi of Japan acknowledges the crowd from a spectators area at Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. Kobayashi would not compete because of contractual problems. REUTERS/Brendan...more

Takeru Kobayashi of Japan acknowledges the crowd from a spectators area at Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. Kobayashi would not compete because of contractual problems. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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<p>Defending champion Joey Chestnut takes part in the Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. 

REUTERS/Brendan McDermid </p>

Defending champion Joey Chestnut takes part in the Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Defending champion Joey Chestnut takes part in the Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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<p>Judges prepare for Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. 

REUTERS/Brendan McDermid</p>

Judges prepare for Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Judges prepare for Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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<p>Defending champion Joey Chestnut (C) competes in Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid </p>

Defending champion Joey Chestnut (C) competes in Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Defending champion Joey Chestnut (C) competes in Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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<p>Competitive eater Joey Chestnut poses with his championship belt during the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony in New York, July 2, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson </p>

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut poses with his championship belt during the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony in New York, July 2, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut poses with his championship belt during the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony in New York, July 2, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>A fan dresses in stars and stripes for Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid </p>

A fan dresses in stars and stripes for Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A fan dresses in stars and stripes for Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of New York, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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<p>Competitive eater Joey Chestnut (C) poses with his championship belt as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) addresses the gathered crowd during the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony in New York, July 2, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson </p>

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut (C) poses with his championship belt as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) addresses the gathered crowd during the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony in New York,...more

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut (C) poses with his championship belt as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) addresses the gathered crowd during the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony in New York, July 2, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>Competitive eater Joey Chestnut hits himself in the stomach before attending the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony in New York, July 2, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson </p>

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut hits himself in the stomach before attending the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony in New York, July 2, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut hits himself in the stomach before attending the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony in New York, July 2, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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