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"He's just amazing," said Richard Shea, president of the International Federation of Competitive Eating. "This is like winning four Super Bowls in a row."
Kobayashi will go for his fifth straight win in Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York's Coney Island. If you go by the tale of the tape, some of his competitors should be eating Kobayashi.
He is literally one-third their size, which makes as much sense as a $5 box of movie popcorn. Like many of the world's top athletes, Kobayashi maintains an air of mystery.
He's from Nagano, Japan. He's 27 years old. He doesn't speak English.
He doesn't compete often. But when he does, don't get too close.
Kobayashi ate 53 1/2 hot dogs in 12 minutes to win last year's contest. The previous record was . . . Hold everything!
We're talking about eating contests as sport? What next, competitive belching?
See all the action, and the over-the-top announcers, at 11 am, Monday on ESPN.