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Hubbub Hexes Holiday Hot Dog Happening

Joey Chestnut won the traditional 4th of July Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island for the fourth straight year Sunday, easily besting a group that was missing Chestnut’s longtime bitter rival, Japan’s Takeru Kobayashi.

Kobayashi was not entered in this year’s contest because of a dispute with event organizers, but still managed to make his presence felt. Clad in a t-shirt adorned with a huge “Free Kobi” message, the former six-time Nathan’s champ tried to rush the stage during Chestnut’s award ceremony, and then struggled with police before being arrested.

The 32-year-old ex-champ was was charged with obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and trespassing. He was released early Monday morning.

“I’m really hungry. I wanted to eat hot dogs,” he told the New York Daily News.

In winning the contest for the fourth straight year, Chestnut consumed 54 hot dogs in ten minutes, which grossed everyone out only slightly less than last year’s event, when Kobayashi pushed Chestnut to a record-breaking 68 dogs.

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