Joey Chestnut set a new record at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest, eating 76 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes on July Fourth.
At Coney Island on Sunday, the 37-year-old Major League Eating legend surpassed his previous record of 75 hot dogs in the same span of time, which he set in 2020.
“It just felt good. Even if I was uncomfortable, having everybody cheer me and push me, it made me feel good,” Chestnut said after the contest.
Crowds of immigrants gathered at Coney Island on July 4, 1916, for the first-ever unofficial hot dog eating contest, according to legend, which has been held on Independence Day each year since 1972. This win is Chestnut’s 14th in his career, having won every contest since 2007, except for 2015 when he was upset by Matt Stonie.
The 230-pound Chestnut consumed approximately 16 pounds of food, about 12,000 calories in total. The second-place finisher, Geoffrey Esper, ate 50 hot dogs, and third-place winner Nick Wehry ate 44, according to Sporting News.
“The boy king who has risen to the throne and who will not step down. Look on his works, ye mighty, and despair, for he has surpassed the kings of Egypt,” said the public address announcer who crowned him champion.
Michelle Lesco won the women’s division by eating 30 and three-fourths hot dogs in 10 minutes. The two contestants behind her, Sarah Rodriguez and Larell Marie Mele, finished 24 and 18 and three-fourths hot dogs, respectively.
The stage was missing seven-time women’s champion Miki Sudo, who is expecting her first baby. Sudo won the contest last year.
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