Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The One and Only Dominator


Young upstart Joey Chestnut did very well, but Kobayashi was just too much. Setting a new world record with 53 3/4 hot dogs in 12 minutes to Chestnut's 52, Kobayashi was spurred by the pressure despite his cool, calm facade. Chestnut managed to even take the lead for portions of the competition, a rarity considering Kobayashi's dominance, but in the tenth minute his face grew pained as his pace slowed just enough for him to lose the lead for good. It was a competition for the ages, and despite today being a day for patriotism (or even regionalism, as competitors from Virginia and Seattle were in the running as well), today was a day for Japan's Kobayashi. Congrats to him. If there's any better inspiration for a day full of BBQs, we don't know what it is.

Happy 4th!


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