Kobayashi: The Real Winner Of The 2011 Hot Dog Eating Contest?
Joey Chestnut ate 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes today. Takeru Kobayashi, competing seven miles away on the roof of a Manhattan bar, might have eaten 69.
That number, which comes from a Wall Street Journal live blog of Kobayashi's participation in a contest he was banned from, would break a previous world record.
Kobayashi, who is in a contract dispute with the organizers of the Nathan's contest, was banned from the Coney Island stage for the second year in a row. But that didn't stop him from competing, via satellite TV, on the rooftop of Manhattan bar 230 Fifth.
Kobayashi competed with the same rules and time limit as the guys in Coney, albeit under different conditions and without the presence of Nathan's official scorekeepers. It's doubtful that Kobayashi's world record will be acknowledged by Major League Eating (yes, that's a real thing), and ESPN made no mention of Kobayashi's breaking of the world record. Even in the crowd at 230 Fifth, there were some that were skeptical of the "69" tally.
After his win at the Coney contest, Chestnut said he was disappointed that Kobayashi couldn't compete this year, because he's "good for the sport." According to WSJ, Kobayashi gained 18.8 pounds during the 10 minute contest.
Here are the last 90 seconds of the official contest in Coney, via ESPN.
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