Joey Chestnut ate 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes, tying his own record, to win the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn, for the sixth consecutive time.
Chestnut, 28, won $10,000 and the bejeweled mustard-yellow belt. Nicknamed “Jaws”, the California native averaged 6.8 dogs per minute, and finished his 67th and 68th dogs as time expired.
For the second year in a row, men and women competed separately. The top female finisher was defending champion Sonya Thomas with 45 hot dogs consumed.
“I feel good, it was a great win,” Chestnut said in a televised interview after the victory. “I wanted to give them a new record. I’m looking forward to next year already.”
The contest, first held in 1972, is hosted annually on July 4 at Nathan’s Famous Corp. (NATH:US)’s original restaurant in Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Competitors must eat as many hot dogs, including buns, as they can in the allotted time.
Chestnut has held the event record since eating 68 in 2009.
Tim Janus was second today with 52 hot dogs, followed by Patrick Bertoletti with 51.
Nathan’s donates 100,000 hot dogs to the Food Bank for New York City each year to coincide with the event. A crowd of 40,000 was expected for the event, according to organizers.
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