Chestnut Top Dog Once Again

Former champion reclaims top spot from Kobayashi
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 4, 2008 1:26 PM CDT
Takeru Kobayashi, left, and Joey Chestnut, right, eat hot dogs near the end of Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition in New York, Wednesday, July 4, 2007.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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(Newser) – American Joey Chestnut today reclaimed the top spot as winner of the annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island. After tying archrival Takeru Kobayashi of Japan in a 10-minute chow-down, the Californian triumphed in a five-dog eat-off. The men defeated 19 others in tying at 59 frankfurters in regulation before going to the tiebreaker.

Kobayashi had hoped to reclaim the throne after suffering a disappointing loss last year. He had reigned for 6 years before that. "He wanted it, but I needed it," Chestnut said after his victory, watched by thousands. "If I put one more mouthful in, I could've won (in regulation)," Kobayashi said through a translator.