American Joey Chestnut retained his Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest title in 2008, beating Japanese arch rival Takeru Kobayashi after a close fight. Each of them consumed 59 hot dogs in 10 minutes and forced the game into extra time, with Chestnut claiming the final victory after a five-dog playoff.
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is arguably the world’s most famous competitive eating contest. The competition is held annually on America’s Independence Day (July 4) in Coney Island, New York, since 1970s.
Takeru Kobayashi is a legend in the contest, winning it for six times in a role (2001-2006) before Joey Chestnut, nicknamed the “Jaws”, claimed the title in 2007 and successfully defending it this year.