Saturday, February 04, 2012

"He scarfed a cheesesteak in a world-record 24 seconds"

PHILADELPHIA - Takeru Kobayashi, often called the greatest competitive eater of all time, set a new record Friday at Wing Bowl 20, the annual chicken wing-eating contest in this city.

In his first year of competition, Kobayashi downed 337 wings, smashing the record set by his closest competitor, Jonathan "Super" Squibb, in 2011.

"I could probably eat another 100 wings or so," Kobayashi said after the event, through his interpreter. "Not really fast, I'd have to take my time. But if you brought me 100 more I could eat them."

Squibb, who had won the event the past three years, finished in second with 271 wings. Bill "El Wingador" Simmons, a five-time past champion, came in third place with 251 wings, and Chilita, a female competitor, finished with 238.

Kobayashi, a native of Nagano, Japan, is known for winning six Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest championships. At last year’s Wing Bowl, he scarfed a cheesesteak in a world-record 24 seconds.

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