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Chestnut Beats Kobayashi, Brings Mustard Yellow Belt Back to America
7/4/2007

Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., today won the Nathanís Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, beating former champion Takeru Kobayashi and setting a new world record by downing 66 Nathanís Famous hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes.

Kobayashi, the six-time hot dog-eating world champion, arrived at the 2007 event with a jaw injury. He reportedly received therapy on the jaw until two hours before the contest and appeared to compete at 100 percent ó he ate 63 HDBs, eight more than his personal best.

Many thought Kobayashi would be unable to compete, or that he would compete at a lower level of intensity. In fact, he and Joey were neck and neck until the final moments of the contest.

The Nathanís Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest has been held each year since 1916, according to archives. This yearís contest may have been the most highly anticipated match-up in the eventís storied 92-year history. Police reported that nearly 50,000 people attended the event in Coney Island.

ďNothing represents summer and the Fourth of July like the Nathanís Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest,Ē said Wayne Norbitz, president and COO of Nathanís Famous. ďThis year our nation has new hope for glory.Ē

Official Results

Joey Chestnut: 66
Takeru Kobayashi: 63
Pat Bertoletti: 49
Tim "Eater X" Janus: 43.5
Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas: 39
Bob Shoudt: 35
Chip Simpson: 35
Rich LeFevre: 31
Hall Hunt: 29
Juliet Lee: 26
Dale Boone: 25
Pat Philbin: 24
Crazy Legs Conti: 23.5
Erik "the Red" Denmark: 23
Tim Brown: 22.5
Arturo Rios, Jr.: 21
Allen Goldstein: 21

The Nathanís Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest is sanctioned by the Major League Eating (MLE), the world governing body of all stomach-centric sport. The Nathanís Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Championship has been held each year on July 4 since 1916, according to archives.