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Old 07-06-06, 12:03 AM
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Kobayashi sets a new world record...

53.75 hot dogs in 12 minutes! (Complete footage)
NEW YORK -- A 160-pound wonder from Japan set a record by devouring a sickening 53 frankfurters in 12 minutes to win the annual Independence Day hot dog eating competition on Coney Island.

Dog gone: Kobayashi's winning marks since 2001
2006 53
2005 49
2004 53
2003 44
2002 50
2001 50

The feat earned Takeru Kobayashi, 27, his sixth straight title in the event, held at the original Nathan's Famous hot dog stand on Brooklyn's seashore. His prize: the coveted Yellow Mustard Belt.

Kobayashi broke his record of 53 hot dogs, set at the same competition two years ago.

Thousands of raucous spectators jammed the streets in front of the hot dog stand, a block from the famed Coney Island boardwalk, to watch the competition and Kobayashi -- a top-ranked eater who once ate 17.7 pounds of pan-seared cow brains to win $25,000.

His strongest competition was Joey Chestnut, a 220-pound civil engineering student from San Jose, Calif., who set a U.S. record by eating 50 hot dogs during a qualifying tournament in Las Vegas.

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

But Chestnut struggled, red-faced, with veins bulging in his forehead, as the Japanese star methodically chomped dog after dog, often dipping them in a soft drink before cramming them into his mouth. Kobayashi passed Chestnut with about three minutes left in the contest.

When the clock expired, Chestnut had swallowed 52 Nathan's franks -- not quite enough.

"I hit a wall. I just felt tired," he told ESPN, which broadcast the competition live.

Kobayashi, his hair dyed yellow like a Nathan's billboard, vowed through an interpreter to return next year to conquer even more hot dogs than he did this time.

Among the competitors were another favorite, 100-pound Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., who once ate 65 hard boiled eggs in a little more than 6 minutes, and a local favorite, Eric "Badlands" Booker, a 425-pound subway conductor from Long Island who holds speed-eating records for pies and matzo balls.

First-time competitor Erik "The Red" Denmark, 28, of Seattle, who downed 22 hot dogs, said he was happy just to be there.

"It's like making it to the World Cup," said Denmark, who can boast of having eating 98 jalapenos in 15 minutes.
No one's ever come this close to beating Kobayashi before.

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Old 07-06-06, 12:29 AM
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Old 07-06-06, 12:35 AM
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He's the Lance Armstrong of eating hotdogs.
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Old 07-06-06, 12:48 AM
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Sonya Thomas is freakin amazing too. She's got a bunch of photos on her website. She is really tiny compared to some of her competitors.

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We got a bunch of them here in Japan.From the speed emating, I have seen crazy stuff.How the hell they even manage to swallow all that stuff
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Originally Posted by GMan2819
No one's ever come this close to beating Kobayashi before.
Well, it is a "no-win" scenario after all.
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We got a bunch of them here in Japan.From the speed emating, I have seen crazy stuff.How the hell they even manage to swallow all that stuff

E-mating? Is that the new term for cyber-sex? I'm so out of touch...
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In eating contests, I always bet on the skinny one.

I think their secret is they metabolize the stuff as fast as they eat it.
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I can never read that guy's name in print and not instantly think of the phrase "Kobayashi Maneuver"
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Old 07-06-06, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Mrs. Danger
In eating contests, I always bet on the skinny one.

I think their secret is they metabolize the stuff as fast as they eat it.
I read somewhere they puke it out after the contests. Supposedly they go thru a training regimen that stretches the stomach.
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I thought this was a Star Trek thread.
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He's starting to look like another guy with blond hair and a goatee. How long before this guy has his mouth surgically widened, Kakihara-style?
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Originally Posted by GMan2819
I read somewhere they puke it out after the contests. Supposedly they go thru a training regimen that stretches the stomach.
That Erik "the Red" guy goes on the radio here and he says they don't (or at least he doesn't) puke afterwards. The way he trains is drinking water. Starts out drinking one gallon, then two, and so on. I think he said around 5 minutes for him (and he's obviously not even in their league at this point) to drink two gallons of water.
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There used to do really reckless stuff, like eating a bunch of dried foods then drinking water to expand the stomach.

There was a show and Eater X said he ate something like 4 pounds of packaged salad with italian dressing in a short period of time to train.
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