From the looks of him, you’d never know he had a stomach capable of consuming large quantities of cow, but at the annual 4th of July Coney Island Hot Dog eating contest, Joey Chestnut scarfed down 62 hot dogs to win his fifth consecutive title.
FYI – that’s the equivalent of about 20,000 calories in 10 minutes.
Keep reading for more on the Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest… after the jump!
Joey Chestnut, of San Jose, is just 27-years old. But age doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to eating wieners. Along with a mustard-yellow belt, he walked away with $10,000 in cash.
I feel great!” he said after the contest, adding that he was going to drink a lot of water and avoid hot dogs for a few days.
Even at 69 dogs, Chestnut didn’t beat his record, citing burping as a major reason he slowed down.
This year, they also had a women’s hot dog eating division – for the first time ever.
Sonya Thomas, known as the “Black Widow” of competitive eating, won with 40 downed dogs, earning her $10,000 and her own pink champion’s belt.
Both Thomas and Chestnut broke world records in 2009, he with 68 and she with 41.
Remember that Japanese guy Takeru Kobayashi? If you’re wondering why wasn’t there, here’s the drama behind that one: After holding the record for hot dog eating from 2001 to 2007, he refused to sign an exclusive contract with Major League Eating (the fast-food equivalent of the NFL) and was banned from the competition last year.
So this year he staged his own contest and downed 69 dogs – which would have been a world record. Lift that ban! I want to see that!