NEW YORK, July 4 (UPI) — Joey Chestnut ate his way back to the hot dog eating title on Coney Island’s famed Boardwalk this Fourth of July by breaking his own record.
Chestnut, known as “Jaws,” scarfed down 70 hot dogs and buns while thousands watched at Nathan’s Famous. The event, marking its 100th anniversary was shown live on ESPN3 and tape-delayed on ESPN.
Chestnut, 32, had won eight titles in a row before losing to 24-year-old Matt Stonie, known as “The Megatoad, last year. In 2013, he set the record with 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Stonie ate 62 hot dogs last year, two more than Chestnut. They both are San Jose, Calif., residents.
In a qualifying event last month, Chestnut ate 73 1/2 dogs.
Stonie, who holds 14 eating world records, was the first winner not Chestnut or Takeru Kobayashi since 2000.
Earlier in the women’s event, Mikie Sudo, of Las Vegas, successfully defended her title by eating 38 1/2 dogs, beating out three-time winner Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., with 35.
The contest has occurred each July 4 in Coney Island since 1916, the year Nathan Handwerker opened the legendary restaurant.