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Kobayashi's dominance a lot to swallow

Hot-dog eating champ Takeru Kobayashi is so dominant, some wonder if he has an unfair advantage.

Updated: July 8, 2003, 2:16 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | Page 2

CONEY ISLAND, N.Y. -- Three minutes into the Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest, Japanese speed-eater Takeru Kobayashi had scarfed down 17 hot dogs and buns. There were nine minutes remaining, but Kobayashi had already bested the personal highs of more than half of the competitors.

For the third consecutive year, the event was no contest as Kobayashi dominated. Although he did finish six hot dogs and buns short of the record he set last year, Kobayashi's 44½ dogs were 14 ...

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