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Former Hot Dog champ savors victory

Thursday, July 07, 2011 - 01:50

July 6 - Competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi claims to have set a new hot dog eating record on the same day his rival, Joey Chestnut, took home the world title. Elly Park reports.

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Japanese competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi only plays it by one rule -- his own. To show the world that he is still the top dog of the hot dog eating world, the former world champion staged an unofficial eating event on a New York City rooftop. And he held it at the same time as the official annual contest in Coney Island. Kobayashi is banned from taking part in Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating contest after he refused to sign a contract with Major League Eating, the FIFA or the NFL of professional competitive eating. At his own unofficial event the diminutive Japanese eater gobbled up 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes, topping his rival Joey "Jaws" Chestnut's world record of 68 franks, set in 2009. SOUNDBITE: Takeru Kobayashi, Competitive Eater, saying (Japanese) "It was great. I am not used to be in cheering crowds. I wasn't sure since this is independence day. I was able to eat more because I was very excited by cheering crowds." However the record is not likely to be recognized and Chestnut remains the only champion according to Major League Eating, for the fifth consecutive year. Even though Kobayashi's sideline event did not win him the mustard yellow champion's belt or the 10.000 dollar prize money awarded to Chestnut, it's sure to have brought him a savory taste of victory. Elly Park, Reuters, New York.

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Former Hot Dog champ savors victory

Thursday, July 07, 2011 - 01:50