Saturday, July 05, 2003

How could I NOT post this on hotdogblog?

Forget about Wimbledon, Tarkeru Kobayashi won his third consecutive Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, beating out William "The Refrigerator" Perry among others. Although, for Kobayashi, it was a subpar performance. He only ate 44.5 hot dogs (buns included) in 12 minutes -- six hot dogs (and buns) short of his personal best recorded at last year's contest. Kobayahsi finished 14 hot dogs ahead of his nearest competitor. I don't think I could eat 14 hot dogs in a day, much less in 12 minutes.

Kobayashi's a sumo wrestler, right? No, he weighs in at 145 lbs!! There was talk of "unfair advantage" this year, from speculation that he coats his stomach with aloe vera or takes other drugs that speed up the digestive process, to suggestions that he's been surgically altered to have his food bypass the stomach and go directly to the small intestines.

The contest, which is sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE), doesn't currently drug test, or test for any other unfair competitive advantages (surgically altering one's digestive tract), but hinted that a drug testing policy was not out of the question if the need arose.

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