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July 4, 2011

Subich downs 23 franks, perennial top dog keeps title

JOHNSTOWN — Johnstown’s top eater “Big” Brian Subich came up a few links short Monday in his quest to be the top dog in what has become an Independence Day tradition.

Calling it a “great experience and great fun,” Subich finished out of the money in his second attempt at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. He was among 17 eaters competing for the men’s title, sanctioned by Major League Eating and International Federation of Competitive Eating Inc.

“I ate 23 hot dogs and buns,” Subich said after Monday's contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y. “I think I finished in a tie for 10th place.”

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut took an early lead and never looked back, chomping his way to his fifth consecutive Nathan's world championship. Chestnut's 62 hot dogs was enough to beat out Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti of Chicago, but short of his own 2009 world record 68 dogs.

 

 

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