- Oct 20, 2002
Do you like them enough to eat more than 49 Hot Dogs?NEW YORK (CNN) -- Takeru Kobayashi won his fifth consecutive hot-dog eating title Monday by downing 49 frankfurters in 12 minutes, leaving 17 competitors in his wake.
But the Nagano, Japan, eating champion fell short of his personal best set last year -- a record 53.5 hot dogs and buns.
"I'm very sad," Kobayashi, 27, said through an interpreter. "I came here to beat it. Maybe next year I will."