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Takeru Kobayashi
小林 尊
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Takeru Kobayashi at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2009
Born March 15, 1978 (1978-03-15) (age 43)
Nagano, Japan
Other names "The Tsunami", "Kobi", "The Prince" (in Japan)
Alma mater Yokkaichi University
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)

Takeru Kobayashi (小林 尊 , Kobayashi Takeru, born March 15, 1978) is a Japanese competitive eater.

Described as "the godfather of competitive eating", Kobayashi is a six-time champion of Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest and is widely credited with popularizing the sport of competitive eating.

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