The 92nd annual [Nathan’s International July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest] was held on July 4, 2007, and was televised live on ESPN at 12 p.m. EDT. Six-time defending champion Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi was beaten by Joey Chestnut, who won by eating a world record-breaking 66 hot dogs and buns.
On June 25, 2007 [Takeru] Kobayashi announced on his blog that he seriously injured his jaw during training. He stated that he can only open his jaw about the width of a fingertip. Kobayashi’s participation in the July 4, 2007 Nathan’s contest continued as scheduled. He was able to eat a personal record 63 hot dogs, though his mark was bettered by Joey Chestnut.