Monday, June 04, 2007

American Shatters Hot Dog Eating Record ... Brings Title Home


YES! I love competitive eating, and have been waiting for an American to finally bring the hot dog eating championship back to the US from Japan, and it finally happened!


A California man smashed the world record for hot dog eating at a contest Saturday, gobbling up more than 59 franks in 12 minutes.

Joey Chestnut, 22, of San Jose, shattered the record held by Takeru Kobayashi of Japan by downing 59½ "HBDs" - hot dogs and buns - during the Southwest Regional Hot Dog Eating Championship at the Arizona Mills Mall in suburban Tempe.

Kobayashi's old record of 53¾ was set last year at Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, held at Coney Island in New York.

For those of you new to competitive eating Kobayashi has dominated the hot dog scene for quite some time now. It's been an issue of pride for an American to regain the title, and bring it back home.

For all of Chestnut's trouble he won a free trip to New York, a year's supply of hot dogs and a $250 gift card to the mall. That may be a small prize purse, but his stomach is swelled with pride.


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