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Major League Eating: Chestnut Takes 4th Hot Dog Eating Title

One of America's greatest annual competitive events has named a victor. Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and his iron stomach won Sunday's 95th Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Brooklyn's Coney Island—his fourth consecutive triumph. Chestnut downed a whopping 54 hot dogs in 10 minutes, outshining his competitor Tim "Eater X" Janus' 45—but Chestnut was still several dogs shy of the record-breaking 68 that he consumed last year. "I came out and knew what I had to do," he said, adding, "I was slower than I wanted to be.” The event did not lack drama, as six-time champion and Chestnut archrival (and last year's second-place eater) Takeru "The Tsunami" Kobayashi bum-rushed the stage and was arrested. Kobayashi did not compete this year after refusing to sign a contract with Major League Eating (yes, that exists), hoping to compete in events sponsored by other groups. As police hand-cuffed Kobayashi, crowds chanted “Let him eat! Let him eat!”