For the fourth year, Kobayashi was named the world's top hot dog eater for eating 53-and-a-half hot dogs in 12 minutes.
The contest, sponsored by Nathan's Famous, Orbitz.com and OM Light Beer, attracted champion eaters including: Simon Hopewell, of New Zealand; Godfrey Bertelsen, of England; top-ranked American eater Sonya Thomas, of Virginia; No. 2-ranked eater "Cookie" Jarvis of New York and Eric "Badlands" Booker of New York
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg headed the the official weigh-in and certification ceremony for competitive eaters from around the world gathered for the historic contest that dates back to 1916.
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