July 5, 2006

Kobayashi wins 6th straight hot dog eating contest and sets a NEW RECORD

NEW YORK — Japan's Takeru Kobayashi, 27, devoured 53 and three-quarter hot dogs in 12 minutes to break his own world record and win his 6th straight title at the July 4 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York.

Kobayashi was unfazed by the crowd of 25,000, most of whom were cheering for Joey Chestnut from San Jose, California, whose final tally was 52 hotdogs.


"I'm not happy with the result, I'm going to be back," Kobayashi said.

The champion eaters arrived just before noon in a bus from Manhattan, accompanied by a police escort. Other competitors included Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, of Alexandria, and local favorite Eric "Badlands" Booker, a 425-pound subway conductor from Long Island who holds speed-eating records for pies and matzo balls.

Chestnut jumped out to an early lead in the competition, sometimes jamming franks into his mouth with two hands as the crowd roared.

But he was passed by Kobayashi with about three minutes left in the contest.

As Chestnut struggled, red-faced, with veins bulging in his forehead, the Japanese star methodically chomped dog after dog, often dipping them in a soft drink before cramming them into his mouth.

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Mega Munch said...

The great Kobayashi wins again! I was there to see it too and it was a good show (even though my view of the eaters was limited). Incredible amounts of energy in the crowd.

It's bizarre how passionate Koby's fans are for him. I experienced it firsthand after the contest. Crazy, crazy stuff.