Joey Chestnut won this year’s worldwide Federation of Competitive Eating event, Eating 54 hot dogs, while his biggest rival Takeru Kobayashi didn’t compete due to a contract dispute with Major League Eating.
The next-closest competitor ate 35 hot dogs.
Chestnut, who still holds the tournament record for the 69 dogs he demolished in 2013, said he never really found his rhythm in this year’s 10-minute dog-devouring show-down, but praised his opponent’s performance.
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs – one of America’s best-known purveyors of wieners – says it has held its Independence Day contest since 1916, when the winner consumed a relatively measly 13 hot dogs.
NEW YORK (AP) – Contestants have hit the scales ahead of the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Coney Island’s Nathan’s Famous. “Now I have it. Now he’s made me hungry”. His Nathan’s streak would be at nine straight, however, if it weren’t for the championship appetite of another hot dog eater.
Armen and Levack are weekdays from 3 to 7pm EST, on “Your Home for New York Sports”, 104.5 The Team. Ultimately, he beat Chestnut by two hot dogs.
Despite his victories he said Chestnut was tough competition.
For the first time in 9 years, Joey “The Jaws” Chestnut, 31, lost Nathan’s annual 4th of July hotdog eating contest.
In February, Stonie set a world record in bacon by eating 182 slices in five minutes.
In the women’s competition, defending champion Miki Sudo captured first place with a flourish that emphasized strategy rather than condiments.
This year in Nebraska, he qualified for the men’s finals with 21 hot dogs, while his wife qualified for the women’s finals with four.
The colorful holiday tradition draws its share of characters.
The spectacle also included a few chanting animal welfare protesters bearing anti-meat signs adorned with fake blood.
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