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Crif Dogs Classic: Takeru Kobayashi devours 68½ hot dogs in 10 minutes, setting new record

Japanese eating champ Takeru Kobayashi has a hunger for food and his only kick is that he must eat it fast and set some new records along with it. He has been banned from Nathan’s Hot Dogs on Coney Island because of some labor dispute with Major League Eating, who organizes the event. This has not stopped him from participating in the inaugural Crif Dogs Classic eating championship where he downed 68.5 dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

This takes him 0.5 more than rival Joey “Jaws” Chestnut who competed at Nathan’s the same day. The event was a 4th of July special and was held at Crif Dogs in Brooklyn. The six-time Nathan’s champ demolished his competitors with a clean margin. He beat Tom Gilbert and 12 other by downing 31 more hot dogs than Tom, rendering him to the second position.

Thirty-four year old Kobayashi claimed that the hot dog buns at Crif were stiffer than Nathan’s but it did not stop him from giving it his best. After his ban, ‘the Tsunami’ Kobayashi held an unofficial event on a rooftop, establishing his eating prowess to the world. But this year he decided to take it to Crif Dogs and impressed all with his gifted eating capabilities!