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Name: Takeru Kobayashi                                                                   
Born: 24 May 1978 Nagano, Japan                                                         
Takeru Kobayashi (born May 24, 1978) is a Japanese                                       
competitive eater and a member of the International Federation of Competitive           
Eating (IFOCE). He held the world record for hot dog eating for nearly six years,       
and holds several other eating records, and is the number three ranked eater in         
the world according to the International Federation of Competitive Eating.               
Born in Nagano, Japan, Kobayashi set his first record at his rookie appearance           
on July 4, 2001, when he ate 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes at the Nathan's Coney             
Island hot dog-eating contest, doubling the previous record of 25. The record           
was so unexpected that when Kobayashi got to the later numbers, the organizers           
ran out of signs indicating how many dogs Kobayashi had eaten and had to resort         
to handwritten signs. In 2002, he broke his own record by eating 50.5. In 2003,         
he won again by eating 44.5. In 2004, he triumphed again by eating 53.5 hot dogs         
in 12 minutes, beating his old record. There was a small conflict over this             
result, as some fellow competitors accused him of regurgitating during the 12-minute     
competition. Regurgitation is not prohibited per se, however, once food enters           
the mouth of the contestant, it is not permitted to exit. In 2005, he managed to         
eat 49 hot dogs and win his fifth straight contest. In 2006, he ate 53.75 hot           
dogs for his sixth consecutive win and a new world record. On June 2, 2007, Joey         
"Jaws" Chestnut broke Kobayashi's record with 59.5 hot dogs and buns in a               
qualifying round for the annual Nathan's contest.                                       
In the 2006 Krystal Square Off Kobayashi's mark of 97 hamburgers was 30 better           
than his winning total in 2005 and 28 better than the World Record he set in             
At a speed-eating contest in Hong Kong on August 13, 2005, Kobayashi consumed 83         
vegetarian dumplings in 8 minutes. The next day, he ate 100 roasted pork buns           
in 12 minutes. Kobayashi also won the 2005 Alka-Seltzer US Open of                       
Competitive Eating, a three-hour IFOCE elimination tournament on ESPN, as               
well as the Glutton Bowl, a two-hour IFOCE eating special that aired on the Fox         
Network in 2002. However, on Fox's 2003 show Man vs. Beast, Kobayashi lost               
in an eating competition against a 1089-pound Kodiak bear, when he ate 31               
bunless hot dogs in 2 minutes and 36 seconds to the bear's 50.                           
On August 5, 2006, the Tsunami set yet another world record at the Johnsonville         
World Bratwurst Eating Championship in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, by downing 58               
bratwurst sausages in 10 minutes, shattering the previous record of 35 set the           
previous year by Sonya Thomas.                                                           
On September 23, 2006, Takeru Kobayashi set the world record at the Phantom Food         
Festival in Boston, MA for eating 41 Summer Shack Lobster Rolls in 10 minutes,           
replacing the previous record of 22 rolls.                                               
Other world-eating records held by Kobayashi include 17.7 pounds of cow brains           
in 15 minutes and 20 pounds (9 kg) of rice balls in 30 minutes.                         
On June 25, 2007 Kobayashi announced on his blog that he seriously injured his           
jaw during training. He stated that he can only open his jaw about the width of         
a fingertip. Kobayashi's participation in the July 4, 2007 Nathan's contest             
continued as scheduled. He was able to eat a personal record 63 hot dogs, though         
his mark was bettered by Joey Chestnut.