While Chairman of Major League Eating George Shea works the crowd, San Jose's Joey Chestnut (pictured, second from left) maintains his composure while on his left six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi goes gut-to-gut with the defending champion in the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in Coney Island.
Hot dog fireworks
Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi wowed the crowd with their dynastic and digestive display of hot dog intake.
Triumph of the tummy
Chestnut celebrates his third consucutive title at the Nathan's July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest after guzzling a world-record 68 franks.
Where does it all go?
Japan's Takeru Kobayashi shows off his full belly after losing the Nathan's Famous July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest to defending champ Joey Chestnut.
Chestnut's dog dynasty
Joey Chestnut smiles after defeating Takeru Kobayashi in Coney Island by eating 68 to the runnuer-up's 64.5 hotdogs. Kobayashi had won six previous competitions before tying last year with Chestnut.
Takeru Kobayashi wipes his face after losing to defending champ Joey Chestnut. Guess he needs to train harder in the hot-dog eating offseason.
The thrill (and agony) of victory
Winner Joey Chestnut expresses relief after his record-setting victory on July 4.
Settling for seconds
Takeru Kobayashi pumps his fist in accepting the runner-up trophy after losing in the Nathan's Famous July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest. Kobayashi downed 64.5 hot dogs, or the equivalent of eight normal-sized packs of store-bought franks ... and still came up short.
Big trophy for big winner
Joey Chestnut shows off the trophy for winning the 2009 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest.