NEW YORK — Joey Chestnut reclaimed the top spot at the annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island on Friday after first tying with archrival Takeru Kobayashi in a 10-minute chow-down and then beating him in a five-dog eat-off.
The men tied at 59 frankfurters in 10 minutes, before being made to gobble another five dogs in a last-minute tiebreaker. They consumed 64 hot dogs total and were looking quite peaked after the competition.
Kobayashi had hoped to reclaim the throne after a disappointing three-dog loss last year shattered his six-year winning streak.
"He wanted it, but I needed it," Chestnut said of his diminutive Japanese rival."
Whew, its finally over. Kobayashi is a spunky little son of a gun but I'm glad the coveted title stays in America. Vegas was fiddling with the odds all week long but my bookie got me a good line with an, ah, private betting firm and I'm pleased with the win.