Thursday, July 5, 2007

Joey Chestnut Defeats Takeru Kobayashi

This year's July 4th hot dog eating contest was excellent. There was a lot of drama surrounding defending six time world champion Takeru Kobayashi's jaw injury. The American underdog challenger Joey Chestnut ate a world record 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes to win the championship. Kobayashi ate 63 but had a "reversal of fortune" (i.e., he threw up) in the closing seconds which can lead to a disqualification or reduction in score. It really was fun to watch. The pregame was interesting. The best part was the introductions of all the competitors, which included champions in contests involving Spam, meat on the bone, oysters, pigs feet and other weird foods.

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