May 31, 2009

Fla. man sets state hot dog eating record

Hall Hunt of Jacksonville, Fla., says a stomach full of confidence and not much else helped him set a state hot dog eating record.

The 27-year-old participant in the Florida Hot Dog Eating Championship in Pinellas Park, Fla., managed to down 33 wieners in 10 minutes, shattering the state record by five and easily taking home a championship, The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune reported Sunday.

Every time I go to a contest I'm trying to break the record, Hunt said after Saturday's event. I woke up. I felt really good this morning, really hungry, and I was really confident I could do it, God willing.

While Hunt was able to beat his nearest competitor Saturday by 18 1/2 hot dogs, he recognizes the level of competition will increase when he takes part in Nathan's Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York.

My chances in the final are a long shot, Hunt said of the July competition, because Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut have won the Nathan's contest so many years in a row.