Another year, another dominating victory for the world’s best competitive eater. Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, for the last several years, has been the man to beat at the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, New York. This year was no different. Joey Chestnut ate a staggering 68 hot dogs and buns–besting his closest rival by 16–to claim the mustard yellow championship belt and the winner’s purse of $10,000. Trailing in Chestnut’s wake on the men’s side were Tim “Eater X” Janus (who ate 53 hot dogs) and Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti (who ate 52).
“I feel good, it was a great win,” said the 28-year-old Chestnut, who fell short of a record but handily won the contest for the sixth year in a row. ”I tried my best. I’m looking forward to next year already.”
On the women’s side, Sonya Thomas, eating’s Black Widow, downed 45 hot dogs and buns to claim the pink women’s championship and the winner’s purse of $10,000. Chestnut’s great rival, Takeru Kobayashi, who holds the record for most wins in a row with Chestnut, has refused to sign a contract with Major League Eating, the NFL of gurgitators, and thus did not participate. Unlike previous years, Kobi did not make a public appearance.
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