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HE CHEATED?!?

Controversy surrounds Sunday's hot-dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous on New York's Coney Island.

Steve Keiner - an electrical inspector from Atlantic City, New Jersey - downed 20-and-a-quarter dogs in 12 minutes to win the prized "mustard-yellow" belt. But his win is now being questioned by runner-up and three-time champion Hirofumi Nakajima... after a local television station said its videotape showed Keiner taking a bite before the start signal. Nakajima - who's from Japan - ate 20 frankfurters.

In response, Keiner has returned his crown... and Nathan's officials say there may have to be a rematch.

(Thanks to UPI's Karen Butler in New York)

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