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Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival

  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
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  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
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  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • George Shea of the International Federation of Competitive Eating
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
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  • George introduces number three ranked (and the number one female) Miki Sudo
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • The gyro eating competition begins!
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Defending champ Matthew Stonie held an early but close lead over Joey Chestnut in the beginning of the competition
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
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  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
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  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • At the halfway point, Joey tied with Matthew at an already staggering 20 gyros
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • After seven minutes, both leaders had already passed last year's winning amount of 22 gyros!
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
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  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • The competitors visibly work to keep everything down as they wait for the final, official score
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
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  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Michelle Lesco took sixth place with 13 and a half gyros
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Adrian Morgan took fifth place by eating 16 and a half gyros
  • Miki Sudo and Geoffrey Esper tied for third by downing eighteen gyros
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  • Joey Chestnut  is declared the winner after forcing down a mind-boggling 30 Niko Niko's gyros in ten minutes. Where does he put them?
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Joey Chestnut and Matthew Stonie
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
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  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
  • Plenty of Fun and a New World Record at the St. Basil Greek Festival
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Chuck Cook Photography
A big crowd showed up Sunday at the 2016 Houston GreekFest at St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church. There was the usual Souvlaki, gyros, pastries, rides for the kids and arts and crafts for sale, and traditional Greek dancing.

And there was also an epic rematch between defending champion Matthew Stonie and former title holder Joey Chestnut at the Niko Niko's World Gyro Eating Championship.

Joey regained his title—and set a new world record at this officially sanctioned Major League Eating event—by consuming a staggering 30 Niko Niko's gyros in ten minutes.