ESPN Broadcasts Kobyashi Defeat After 69 Hotdogs
Competitive eating organization says dogs eaten outside of competition do not count.
For the fifth year in a row, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut claimed victory as the finest competitive hotdog eater in the world, downing 62 in 10 minutes Monday. But his rival, Takeru Kobayashi, ate 69 during the same period, though it was at different location.
Chestnut said he was not concerned with Kobayashi, reports ESPN, noting that records only count in competition.
"It wasn't a competition," he said. "It was no different than what I do at practice on my own and I'm able to break a record at my house," Chestnut added.
Kobayashi’s downed dogs will not count toward the record, event organizers told CNN.
From 2001 – 2006, Kobayashi, a Japanese native who lives in New York, took home the championship at the annual Major League Eating event at Coney Island in Brooklyn. When Chestnut first entered the competition in 2007, Kobayashi’s streak ended, and he finished second to Chestnut from 2007-2009. In 2010, Kobayashi had contractual dispute with Major League Eating, which hosts the event.
The competitive eating organizatoin had wanted Kobayashi to sign an exclusive contract, while he wanted to be remain a free agent. When no agreement could be reached, he was banned from competition. Despite the ban, last year Kobayashi attended the event and heckled Chestnut. He was arrested for trespassing after he rushed the stage at the end of the competition.
This year, Chestnut defeated 16 men to win the $10,000 prize and the mustard yellow championship belt.