Thursday, July 5, 2007

Joey Chestnut Brings it Home for America

The Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest championship belt is back on American soil. In a Fourth of July performance for the ages, Joey Chestnut has defeated six-time defending champion Takeru Kobayashi.

Kobayashi took second place with 63 dogs, which shattered the previous world record ... except that Chestnut, eating right next to him, ate 66 dogs.

Kobayashi appeared to vomit at the very end of the competition(see video), which would have been a disqualification, but the judges apparently allowed his total of 63 to stand.

The story of the contest beforehand was Kobayashi's arthritic jaw, but that was a non-factor. Kobayashi had the best performance of his career, but Chestnut was just a little bit better.

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