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Competitive eating a man-eat-dog world

How can anyone possibly eat 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes? Page 2's Jim Caple explores the world of competitive eating.

Updated: July 4, 2002, 7:20 PM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2 columnist

Editor's Note: Takeru Kobayashi won the world hot dog eating contest on the Fourth of July, breaking his own world record with 50½ hot dogs -- but the victory did not come without controversy. Check out Darren Rovell's full report from Coney Island.

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