Joey Chestnut won his fifth Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest Monday. Sweat pouring down his forehead, Chestnut downed a modest 62 hotdogs as he walked away with another victory, beating the runner-up by nine hot dogs. The official world record was set in 2009 when Chestnut downed 68 hotdogs as part of the annual Coney Island contest. This marks his fifth consecutive hot dog championship. Chestnut's real competition, however, was across town on a rooftop in Manhattan, where Takeru Kobayashi competed simultaneously in an act of defiance against Major League Eating, the sanctioning body that regulates competitions of overindulgence. The last time Kobayashi competed in Coney Island was in the 2009 contest in which Chestnut set the new original world record. (Kobayashi, shown below at the end of that match, had consumed a mere 64 ½ hotdogs.)
Today Kobayashi ate an astounding 69 hot dogs but it's unlikely to be recognized as the new world record because of a contract dispute. This marks the second year that Kobayashi hasn't competed in the official Coney Island July Fourth eating competition that used to greet him like royalty. Major League Eating wants Kobayashi to sign an exclusive contract with them, but he refuses. Kobayashi was arrested last year when he tried to storm the stage on Coney Island during the competition.