Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Competition Goes to Tie-Breaker

by David Lauterbach
2008 July 4

World-record holder and defending champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut held on to his hot dog-eating title Friday in an unprecedented tie-breaker at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July contest. 

Chestnut, of San Jose, California, beat rival Takeru “The Tsunami” Kobayashi, of Japan, in a “dog off” in Coney Island where the two contestants battled to see who could finish five hot dogs first. 

Chestnut and Kobayashi tied in the regulation competition, both eating 59 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, a record for a 10-minute competition. 

In last year’s competition, Chestnut set a record by eating 66 franks in 12 minutes, ending Kobayshi’s six-year reign as winner of the competition. Chestnut retains the “Coveted Mustard Yellow International Belt” and wins a one-year supply of hot dogs from Nathan’s in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. 

Way to Eat American! 

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