Takeru Kobayashi, who downed 69 hot dogs on Monday on the rooftop of a Manhattan bar, holds a glorious history of victories in speed eating contests in Japan.
On Independence Day, 2011, the skinny Japanese eater Kobayashi has established a world record of hot dog eating in a time limit of 10 minutes, though the record is unofficial. Kobayashi downed 69 hot dogs on the rooftop of a Manhattan bar at 230 Fifth, while his rival Joey Chestnut won his 5th straight title at Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest in Coney Island. Chestnut snatched the prize by eating 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
Kobayashi's godly stomach is not just for hot dogs.
Below is a clip of Kobayashi drinking 25 bottles(200ml) of coffee milk in 135 minutes on a TV show FOOD FIGHT CLUB.
In the show, the food fighters were assigned with the coffee milk, and challenged for the highest number of bottles they claimed they could drink in five minutes.
While his competitors stopped at 23 bottles, Kobayashi suggested he could down 25 bottles in 5 minutes.
It's cold so my body may resist, but since it is just 5 minutes, I think I can endure. Rather than the quantity, the shape of the bottle may make it harder to drink, said Kobayashi right before the challenge.
Kobayashi started drinking the bottles at a pace of one bottle per six seconds. As the spectators watched him nervously, Kobayashi speeded up and finished drinking 25 bottles of coffee milk in 2 minutes 15 seconds, less than half of the assigned time.
After the victory, Kobayashi commented, I was thinking, whether it's ok to pass like this. I expected [other food fighters to] challenge and push me up more.