Joey Chestnut won his 14th Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest on Sunday.
He ate a world record-breaking 76 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.
Chestnut’s previous record was 75 hot dogs in 2020.
Joey “Jaws” Chestnut has once again won the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest by breaking his own record.
On Sunday, Chestnut competed in the annual food contest and secured his 14th victory in the competition. The 37-year-old ate 76 hot dogs and buns in just 10 minutes – breaking his previous 2020 record of 75 hot dogs.
Geoffrey Esper came in second place with 50 hot dogs and buns, while third-place winner Nick Wehry ate 44 franks, CBS Sports reported.
The competition typically occurs outside of Nathan’s flagship eatery in Brooklyn’s Coney Island, but the Associated Press reported that the coronavirus pandemic pushed the event into a nearby minor league baseball stadium.
In 2020, the event was held indoors and without an in-person audience due to the ongoing pandemic. Social distancing was enforced, and competitors were divided by plastic dividers.
Chestnut told ESPN that the new victory “just felt good.”
“Even if I was uncomfortable, having everybody cheer me and push me, it made me feel good,” Chestnut said.
Michelle Lesco won the title on the women’s half by eating 30 ¾ hot dogs and buns. Sarah Rodriguez came in second place with 24 franks and Larell Marie Mele with 18 ¾.
ESPN reported that the reigning women’s champion and record holder, Miki Sudo, skipped this year’s event because she’s expecting a baby in a few weeks with fellow contestant Nick Wehry.
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