We have a wiener! Joey Chestnut eats 71 hot dogs for title
Joey Chestnut (C) eats during the men's hot dog eating contest on July 4, 2019 in New York City. Nathan's held its first hot dog eating contest in Coney Island on July 4, 1916. When asked how he felt after the contest, Chestnut, 35, said "I feel like I should eat a couple more. Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas holds the all-time women's record of 45 hot dogs in 10 minutes. "He's a normal guy who just happens to be able to eat 74 hot dogs," she said.
Chestnut, Sudo defend titles at 2019 hot dog eating contest
CNN imageThe two defending champs won the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. Last year they watched the hot dog eating contest on TV, and daughter Vivian was "fascinated by it." Chestnut set a record last year after eating 74 hot dogs, but he fell short after eating 71 hot dogs this year. Sudo wolfed down 31 hot dogs this year, which is down from the 37 hot dogs she ate to win the competition last year and her personal record of 41 hot dogs. Lesco was once again the runner-up, consuming 26 hot dogs to win second place.
Coney Island hot dog eaters gear up to chow down
NEW YORK - The dog days of summer are upon us. Competitive eaters will scarf down dozens of hot dogs and buns Thursday at the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest on New York's Coney Island boardwalk. California native and 11-time champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut will face off against 17 opponents to defend last year's record of 74 wieners and buns in 10 minutes. He said Wednesday he plans to "find a rhythm and do what it takes" to win. ESPN released a documentary Tuesday featuring the rivalry between Chestnut and his longtime foe, Japan's Takeru Kobayashi.