When it comes to competitive eating, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut is the man. For the past six years, he has been the man dominating the competition at the annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, New York. Last year, he set a new record by eating 68 hot dogs and buns during the competition. This year, that was no different. Joey Chestnut set a new hot dog eating record on his way to his seventh straight hot dog eating competition.
Chestnut ate 69 hot dogs and buns during the contest this year, and became the all-time winningest eater in the competition’s 98-year history. In Chestnut’s wake were Matthew Stonie, who ate 51 dogs and buns, and Tim “Eater X” Janus, who ate 50. On the women’s side, Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas ate 37 hot dogs to claim the women’s championship. In the three years of the women’s competition, Thomas has won all three years. Thomas’s eating total would have been good for sixth place among the men.
Sadly for Chestnut, his main rival for the Nathan’s Famous title, Takeru Kobayashi, once again did not compete at Coney Island, depriving the world of the showdown we want to see. Kobayashi had been tied with Chestnut for six total wins of the mustard yellow championship belt. Due to disagreements with the International Federation of Competitive Eating, Kobayashi once again was not allowed to eat at the Nathan’s Famous competition.
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