Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Takeru Kobayashi Defeated


Despite his best eating performance ever (and possibly throwing up a couple times), Takeru Kobayashi has failed to win his 7th Nathan’s hot dog eating title:

In a gut-busting showdown that combined drama, daring and indigestion, Joey Chestnut emerged Wednesday as the world’s hot dog eating champion, knocking off six-time winner Takeru Kobayashi in a rousing yet repulsive triumph.

Chestnut, the great red, white and blue hope in the annual Fourth of July competition, broke his own world record by inhaling 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes — a staggering one every 10.9 seconds before a screaming crowd in Coney Island.

“If I needed to eat another one right now, I could,” the 23-year-old Californian said after receiving the mustard yellow belt emblematic of hot dog eating supremacy.

Kobayashi, the Japanese eating machine, recently had a wisdom tooth extracted and received chiropractic treatment due to a sore jaw. But the winner of every Nathan’s hot dog competition from 2001 to 2006 showed no ill effects as he stayed with Chestnut frank-for-frank until the very end of the 12-minute competition.

Kobayashi finished with 63 HDBs — hot dogs and buns eaten — in his best performance ever. His previous high in the annual competition was 53 1/2. The all-time record before Wednesday’s remarkable contest was Chestnut’s 59 1/2, set just last month.

Kobayashi has stated that he will be back next year.

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At Jul 4, 2007, 9:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My money was on Chestnut. After all, I imagine Kobayashi's jaw arthritis would be pretty hindering on contested hotdog... well, general consumption of foods I should say...
Thanks Kami for the tip.

Actually, I liked the sound of this Chestnut guy when I first heard of him. Aside from the fact he sounds like he has the name of a mobster and has A FOOD as his last name, he took a quick lead in the competition.

What is funny though, is he was turning red from eating so many dogs while Kobayashi looked like he could eat plenty more.
"I can keep eating these. I can keep eating these... I can't keep eating these... BLERRRGHHH!
Aw. Man. That is sheer competitiveness when you can wolf down all those hotdogs, throw them back up (and I don't just mean throw up, that was like uncapping a fire-hydrant), and keep eating them just to break a tie. At one point both Kobayashi and Chestnut were tied for 66 dogs unofficially and Kobi pukes them up! Uhhhgh!

The worst part was they replayed it like a football player breaking his ankle on live TV and showing it over and over and over and over again.
I turned my head to try not to watch, but it was on another TV so...

But anyway, that's a pretty fun way to spend twenty minutes.
I wish both good luck for next year.

At Jul 5, 2007, 12:04:00 AM, Blogger Kami... said...

Wisdom tooth AND the Arthritis in the jaw... I didn't expect the Tsunami to blow in at all this year... and I certainly didn't expect him to blow up :P


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