Jul 4, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs should be glad that Takeru Kobayashi is around causing trouble for their hot dog eating contest, because he provided the only drama to be had on Monday. Joey Chestnut won the official Coney Island event, downing 62 weiners in 10 minutes, one short of his record. No one else came close … except for Kobayashi, who competed several miles away on the rooftop of a Manhattan bar. Kobayashi polished off 69 hot dogs in the same time, as the official Nathan’s event was broadcast on a big screen next to him. That not only bested Chestnut, but broke the world record by one weenie.
This did not sit well with the Coney Island contingent. From AOL News:
When informed of Kobayashi’s historic performance, Major League Eating president and hot dog contest master of ceremonies George Shea called it a “farce.”
“The champion of the world is crowned in Coney Island. Always has been, always will be,” said Shea. “[Kobayashi] put a tin crown on his head and called himself king.”
Kobayashi, a former Nathan’s champion, has been banned from that event for the past two years for refusing to sign a contract with the governing body, Major League Eating. So this year he decided to have his own contest on the roof of the bar 230 FIFTH, a few miles from Coney Island. The Wall Street Journal, which live-blogged both events, reports that Kobayashi downed 69 hot dogs, although MLE will likely not recognize the feat. In a bit of corporate myopia, ESPN, which broadcast Chestnut’s win, did not mention Kobayashi at all.
Chestnut’s performance topped the 54 weiners he ate last year, but it was still short of his previous world record of 68 hot dogs.
Nevertheless, he was many bites ahead of the second-place winner, Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti, who only ate 55 hot dogs and was left with hands completely covered with red ketchup.
The crowded men’s field included three competitors from China, who were dressed in red uniforms bearing the Chinese flag.
So we have a competitive eating cold war on our hands, I guess. Cool. Now someone needs to organize a Chestnut-Kobayashi hot dog showdown pay-per-view and make some real cash.
Chestnut Wins 5th Straight Hot Dog Eating Contest [The Wall Street Journal]
Chestnut Eats 62 Hot Dogs To Earn Fifth Nathan’s Mustard Belt [NY1]
July 4, 2011
Takeru Kobayashi at 230 Fifth Eating, Apparently, 69 Weiners [Bob's Blitz]
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