Champ of the chomp Joey Chestnut breaks hot-dog-eating record with six dozen dogs

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Down the hatch: Miki Sudo scarfed down an impressive 41 franks to win the women’s title.
Heavy weight eater: Miki Sudo held on to her title for another year.
Bun sob: Throngs of onlookers came out with signs to support their favorite eater or to just crack wise about buns, like this guy.
Big appetite: Joey “Jaws” Chestnut broke his record of 70 dogs and buns.
Foodie hall of fame: The win marks the 10th for Chestnut.
Making history: The whopping 72 franks and buns raises the bar for next year’s competition.
On a roll: The defending champ took a victory lap after his big win.

He’s the top dog!

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut scarfed down a record-breaking 72 franks in 10 minutes to earn his 10th win at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4. The defending champ kept his closest competitor Carmen Cincotti at bay by ten dogs, but the prolific hot dog muncher insists the performance was not even his best.

“I slowed down quite a bit. I was sweating like a mad dog,” Chestnut told ESPN. “It was a great performance but I know I can do better. Next year, if I come back, you can bet I’ll be pushing harder.”

Chestnut managed to cram two extra dogs down his gullet to squeak past his 70-dog record last year and left his rival Matt “Megatoad” Stonie in the dust.

The pair have feuded since Stonie broke Chestnut’s winning streak in 2015 and left him hungry for revenge.

But Stonie lost the coveted Mustard Yellow International Belt back to Chestnut last year and this time around only managed to place third with a mere 48 wieners.

Relative newcomer Carmen Cincotti was hot on Chestnut’s tail with 62 dogs and vowed to beat the champ of the chomp next year as he exited the stage.

In the ladies event, Miki Sudo won her fourth-straight title putting away 41 franks, breaking her previous record of 38.5.

But not everyone reveled in the glorious gluttony, and for the second year in a row animal rights protestors tried to derail the show with shouts, banners, and an attempted to storm the stage.

Five protesters were cuffed just feet from the competitors and hauled away by police during the feast.

Meanwhile, activists with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals dressed as Uncle Sam passed out vegetarian hot dogs to the crowd.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 5:57 pm, July 9, 2018
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Nancy Nooter Williams says:
Why aren't there any women winning? Is it sexism? I'm a feminist, and I just cannot accept this man-centered way of thinking. Why is it better to eat more hot dogs? Maybe a woman would be better at making a water color painting of the beach? Surely she deserves to win then, right? Or do we not value "feminine" qualities? Many of the women in my group are fat and masculine. They could eat the hot dogs if anyone bothered to INVITE THEM!
July 6, 2017, 12:53 pm
Sean F from Bensonhurst says:
Nancy Nooter Williams: the women compete separately, before the men compete. They don't tend to eat as many hot dogs as the men (41 for the women's winner compared to 72 for the men's). That would have put her in 5th place if the men and women competed against each other.
July 6, 2017, 1:31 pm
Wam Chun Fu says:
No veggie dogs? I guess "we" are not welcome there.
July 7, 2017, 10:11 am

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