Kobayashi goes down

Not sure if anyone saw this one coming. Kobayashi, the indestructable gastro-athlete, the Michael Jordan of shoving hot dogs and buns into his belly, might just have some competition this July 4 at Coney Island for Nathan’s annual Hot Dog Eating Competition.

Yesterday, 22 year old California native, Joey Chestnut shattered the hot dog eating world record by downing 59 and a half hot dogs in 12 minutes. Kobayashi previously held the record at 53 dogs.

Chestnut has been slowly creeping up in the standings and is probably regarded by most as the second best competitive eater in the world, behind Japan’s Kobayashi.

“He’s unbelievable ? he just keeps on going,” said Ryan Nerz, who works for Major League Eating, which he describes as “a world governing board for all stomach-centric sports.”

“These guys’ numbers have just been going up at a tremendous clip,” Nerz said. “I always thought there was a limit ? a limit to the human stomach and a limit to human willpower ? but I guess not.”

Chestnut won a free trip to New York, a year’s supply of hot dogs and a $250 gift card to the mall.

He flew to New York on Saturday night for a previously scheduled trip to throw out the first pitch Sunday at a game between the New York Mets and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Costos said.

Chestnut might want to think about finding a new agent, since the 16-pound dump he took after eating all those hot dogs might not be worth a $250 mall gift certificate. Unless of course, the mall has a Hot Topic, and then we’d be totally psyched for him.

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