Brad Choat (Twitter: @choatsnews)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Some of the nation’s best competitive eaters descended on Busch Stadium, Saturday, for the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs St. Louis qualifier.

Juan Rodriguez from Chicago and Mary Bowers from Orange County, California won the event.

Rodriguez downed 29 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Bowers consumed 12.

They’ll both be going to Coney Island, New York on July 4th for the 2016 hot dog eating finals.

Meanwhile, KMOX’s Mike Claiborne caught up with 2015 world champion Matt Stonie from San Jose, California.

Claiborne asked Stonie what his stomach looked like after eating a personal-best 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes. His answer was, “I looked pregnant. I felt bloated the next day. But, a few days of working out and diet, and I was back to normal.”

Stonie said competing on the Major League Eating circuit takes practice – you can’t just show up and eat fast, “The first few years were miserable, but my body’s gotten used to eating 10,000 calories in one sitting.”

Stonie said his special talent is not limited to hot dogs, “I just got back from a Peep-eating contest. I ate 200 Peeps in 5 minutes. That was a sugar-rush for sure. I eat almost anything, like birthday cake, chicken wings, ribs.”

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