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Joey Chestnut Sets New Record At PostPandemic Hot Dog RacE

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Joey Chestnut Sets New Record At PostPandemic Hot Dog RacE

Joey Chestnut wins 14th Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog … Sun, 04 Jul 2021 09:00:00 -0700-NEW YORK (AP) — Chowdown champ Joey “Jaws” Chestnut broke his own record to gulp to a 14th win in the men's Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest …

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Joey Chestnut Sets New Record At Post-Pandemic Hot Dog RacE

July 04, 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — Chowdown champ Joey “Jaws” Chestnut broke his own record to gulp to a 14th win in the men’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Sunday, while Michelle Lesco took the women’s title.

Chestnut downed 76 franks and buns in 10 minutes. That’s one more than he did in setting the men’s record last year, when the contest unfolded without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It just felt good,” Chestnut, of Westfield, Indiana, said in an ESPN interview after his win Sunday. “Even if I was uncomfortable, having everybody cheer me and push me, it made me feel good.”

Lesco, of Tucson, Arizona, downed 30 ¾ dogs in 10 minutes and called her win “an amazing feeling.”

Reigning women’s champ and record-holder Miki Sudo skipped this year because she’s expecting a baby in a few weeks with fellow competitive eater Nick Wehry. He vied for the men’s title but came up short.

The annual Fourth of July frankfurter fest normally happens outside Nathan’s flagship shop in Brooklyn’s Coney Island neighborhood. But this year’s planning took place amid shifting coronavirus restrictions, and the event was held in a nearby minor league baseball stadium, Maimonides Park, with 5,000 spectators.

Last year, it was held indoors and without an in-person audience because of the pandemic.

Chestnut said he’d missed the fans last year.

“I’ve been looking forward to this all year,” he told ESPN in an interview before this year’s competition.


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Joey Chestnut Sets New Record At Post-Pandemic Hot Dog RacE … Sun, 04 Jul 2021 09:00:00 -0700-Joey Chestnut won his 14th Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in typical dominant fashion — setting a record with 76 franks.

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Joey Chestnut wins 14th Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest with record 76 franks

July 04, 2021

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Joey Chestnut won his 14th Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in dominant fashion on Sunday, devouring a new record 76 franks in 10 minutes to keep his mantle atop the sport. 

“It just felt good,” Chestnut, of Westfield, Indiana, said in an ESPN interview after his win Sunday. “Even if I was uncomfortable, having everybody cheer me and push me, it made me feel good.”

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Chestnut, who goes by “Jaws,” put on another eating clinic to claim the Mustard Belt, out-eating second-place finisher Geoffrey Esper (50). Chesnut has now won 14 of the last 15 hot dog eating contests since taking down six-time defending champion Takeru Kobayashi in 2007, with his only loss in 2015 to Matt Stonie. 

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In his storied career at the annual Independence Day event, Chestnut has now eaten a record 1,089 hot dogs. On Sunday, Chestnut came out ready and was on record pace, downing 30 hot dogs in three minutes. 

The annual Fourth of July frankfurter fest normally happens outside Nathan’s flagship shop in Brooklyn’s Coney Island neighborhood. But this year’s planning took place amid shifting coronavirus restrictions, and the event was held in a nearby minor league baseball stadium, Maimonides Park, with 5,000 spectators.

It's become a regularity for Chestnut to not necessarily battle himself, but his own world records from previous years' competitions.

“This is what I love. I love eating in front of people and they love pushing me,” Chestnut said on ESPN prior to the contest. “I’m just a guy that eats hot dogs and have fun. I’m just so happy to be doing this.”

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The 37-year-old Chestnut continues to find an inner drive, having set a world record of 75 hot dogs last year with zero fans in attendance at a private COVID-19-friendly location. He told the Boston Globe in 2012: “This sport isn't about eating. It's about drive and dedication, and at the end of the day, hot dog eating challenges both my body and my mind.”

On the women's side, Michelle Lesco won the competition with 30¾ hot dogs in 10 minutes. Reigning champion Miki Sudo sat out this year because she is pregnant.

Lesco, of Tucson, Arizona, called her win “an amazing feeling.”

Contributing: The Associated Press

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