Joey Chestnut eats 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win Nathan’s Famous title

Joey Jaws Chestnut regained his title, beating Matt The Megatoad Stonie at the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathans Famous in Coney Island

Joey Jaws Chestnut regained his title on Monday, beating Matt The Megatoad Stonie at the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathans Famous in Coney Island.

Chestnut, 32, downed 70 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes the most hot dogs and buns ever eaten at the competition polishing off 17 more dogs than Stonie. Chestnuts eight straight victories ended last year when he lost the championship title in an upset to Stonie. Both men are from San Jose, California.

In 2013, Chestnut set a world record by eating 69 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Contest officials said Chestnut set a new record last month when he ate 73-and-a-half hot dogs and buns during a qualifying event.

As he gripped the mustard-colored belt after his win Monday afternoon, Chestunt said Stonie had woke up the sleeping giant when he beat him out last year. Last year was rough, Chestnut told the crowd. This year was the best ever. Stonie said there were no excuses for his loss. He said Chestnut did an amazing job.

With thousands of people many wearing Nathans Famous hats watching the eaters on an elevated stage along the famed Coney Island boardwalk, the next closest competitor ate 41 hot dogs.

The mens contest came more than an hour after the women competed, with defending champion Miki Sudo capturing first place. The Las Vegas woman scarfed down 38-and-a-half hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to claim the championship title for the third straight year. Both she and Chestnut leave with $10,000 each.

The colorful holiday tradition draws its share of characters. Many in the crowd on Monday wore foam hats shaped like hot dogs. One man held a sign that read: Make America Eat Again, a play on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trumps campaign slogan, Make America Great Again.

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