Tuesday, July 04, 2006
2006 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
photo by EKavet (from flikr)
53 and 3/4 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes! A new world record set hours ago by eating great Takeru Kobayashi for his sixth straight Mustard Yellow belt at Nathan's Famous annual Hot Dog Eating Competition.
This year should also be noted as the first year Kobayashi had competition in the form of last year's sensation Joey Chestnut. For the early minutes, Chestnut was leading the Japanese champ, but he started to wane in the last few minutes finishing with a still impressive 52 hot dogs.
I got to meet both competitors at last year's U.S. Open of Competitive Eating. They were both nice and humble guys. The field of competitive eating is getting exciting!