Joey Chestnut Wins Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Joey Chestnut has regained his title as the world champion of downing hot dogs.

Joey Chestnut

Joey Chestnut is a special kind of athlete, he’s got the swagger of Ali, the humor of Yogi Bera and the belly of Ruth. He’s made his claim to fame by winning the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Chestnut lost his title last year to Matt Stonie who was at that time the second-ranked eater in the world. Which is definitely something to put on your resume.

Chestnut came in hard this year, downing 70 hot dogs which is a record for the competition and 17 more than Stonie. Before last year’s upset, Joey Chestnut had won eight straight hot dog eating contests. Vegas put the over-under for the competition for both eaters at 63.5. The San Jose native took the throne from Kobayashi who had a stranglehold on the title for several years before losing to Chestnut.

Chestnut holds 38 records for eating contests recognized by the International Federation of International Eating. He began with asparagus in 2005 when he took down a top-ranked eater and later that year placed third in the Nathan’s contest that’s held every fourth of July on Coney Island. This year marked the 100th anniversary of the competition. In 2011 there was a discrepancy in the contest when Kobayashi refused to sign the contract and ate 69 hot dogs at an off-site competition. Until this year, the 2011 record for the most hot dogs eaten in 10 minutes was held by Kobayashi.

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