Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Championship 2012
Nathan's hot dog contest pushed back to 3 pm; eaters fear heat
Joey Chestnut will defend his Mustard Belt at 3 pm this July 4 rather than at noon like usual — making the hot dog eating competition even more difficult, athletes fear. Photo by Paul Martinka
June 6, 2012 / News / Coney Island
By Daniel Bush
Coney Island’s hotdog eating contest is going from high noon to high tea.
The Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Championship will take place at 3 pm instead of its traditional noon start time to accommodate an historic Wimbledon quarterfinals that coincides with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee — forcing the world’s top stomachs to play second fiddle to the world’s top tennis players and compete in fiercer mid-afternoon heat that could alter the outcome of the legendary July 4 man-versus-dog competition.
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