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Brooklyn, NY - Joey Chestnut Wins 7th Contest With Record 69 Dogs

Published on: July 4, 2013 01:31 PM
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Competitive eaters Tim Janus (L), Joey Chestnut (C) and Matt Stonie (R) eat hot dogs as they participate in the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot-dog Eating contest in the Coney Island area of New York City, New York, 04 July 2013. Chestnut set a record for eating 69 hotdogs and buns as he went on to his seventh straight contest.  EPA/KEITH BEDFORDCompetitive eaters Tim Janus (L), Joey Chestnut (C) and Matt Stonie (R) eat hot dogs as they participate in the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot-dog Eating contest in the Coney Island area of New York City, New York, 04 July 2013. Chestnut set a record for eating 69 hotdogs and buns as he went on to his seventh straight contest.  EPA/KEITH BEDFORD

Brooklyn, NY - Joey Chestnut has downed 69 franks and devoured his own record in the annual Coney Island hot dog eating contest.

The San Jose, Calif., man known as Jaws scarfed down the dogs and buns to win the Fourth of July men’s contest. He takes home $10,000 and a mustard-yellow champion’s belt.

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Sonya Thomas, a 100-pound dynamo known as the “Black Widow” of competitive eating, wolfed down nearly 37 wieners for a narrow victory in the women’s competition.

Chestnut, 29, is a seven-time winner who set the old record — 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes — in 2009 and tied it last year. Thomas, 45, powered through 45 dogs to take the women’s championship last year and also won in 2011, the first year women competed separately.

Chestnut had said his pace has been uneven in the past, but “this year I’m trying to eat a little more gracefully, conserve my energy.”

Second-place finisher was Matt Stonie, who chomped down 51 hot dogs.

With this year’s victory, Chestnut has now bested his former rival, Takeru Kobayashi, who won six times. Kobayashi competed in a different eating contest Thursday.

Thomas went toe-to-toe with Juliet Lee with a second to spare. Lee ate 36 hot dogs.

Thomas said the challenge of shoveling down dozens of franks is actually “more mental than physical.”

“I have to fight with myself, so I’m going to try to really focus,” said Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., where she manages a fast-food restaurant. And no, it doesn’t serve hot dogs.

Now in its 98th year, the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest generally draws a crowd of thousands to marvel at contestants cramming frankfurters down their throats.

The chow down showdown is on this year despite concerns about a swaying, shuttered observation tower that spurred the closure of parts of the nearby amusement park this week. The shutdown didn’t affect Nathan’s.


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 Jul 04, 2013 at 01:54 PM cliftonbochur Says:

I watched it and it is flat out gross!!

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 03:11 PM IMHOpinion Says:

So sad.

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 03:50 PM Realistic Says:

Is he human?
Do they have proper insurance should someone be hurt by this craze?

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 05:14 PM Another Fresser Says:

Mazel tov. I hope his parents and and the whole mishpucha have a lot of nachas from Joey (Yosele) from this chaziry and many more to come. Ahd beeahs goiel tzedek bimhayru b'yumynee umyn!

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 05:21 PM Anonymous Says:

One question, how does the guy on the left stay so skinny, halevai we could all be so skinny. Where does it all go?

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 05:24 PM yaakov doe Says:

This non story doesn't belon here. Although some of our people may imitate his eating at a kiddush or shmorg, it's not a Jewish way to eat.

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 05:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
IMHOpinion Says:

So sad.

You must be lots of fun at a simcha!

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 05:59 PM VeyIzMir Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

You must be lots of fun at a simcha!

You must be lots of fun at a funeral. Not a serious bone in ya heh?

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 06:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
cliftonbochur Says:

I watched it and it is flat out gross!!

so why did you watch it?

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 06:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
IMHOpinion Says:

So sad.

really? why? do you say the same thing about the frum food competitions like the cholent eating contest, or are you just picking on this one?

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 06:48 PM Anonymous Says:

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Realistic Says:

Is he human?
Do they have proper insurance should someone be hurt by this craze?

this "craze" has been going on for over a hundred years.

And why is it your worry whether there is insurance? and why would they need it? because someone might overeat and sue them? seriously?

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 06:49 PM Anonymous Says:

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yaakov doe Says:

This non story doesn't belon here. Although some of our people may imitate his eating at a kiddush or shmorg, it's not a Jewish way to eat.

so? what's your point?

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 07:15 PM Applestein Says:

so the point is we are promoting trief hot dogs or just eating like a behama?

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 07:46 PM Anonymous Says:

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VeyIzMir Says:

You must be lots of fun at a funeral. Not a serious bone in ya heh?

Nebech, the Yidden have to put up with people like you who are so fabisin that they want to deny our gentile neighbors their harmless fun on July 4th. Then you go on and make a dumb comment about funerals, your comment is indeed sad.

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 07:56 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

so? what's your point?

It is not a Jewish think and we should have no involvement which such shtus what so ever. In Fuerst book on Halach Brochos; he writes there are pizza eating contest in the orthodox world, the bracha is kosher and the pizza is kosher but the idea is TREIFE. We don't even need to know of this nonsense

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 08:46 PM 11230 Says:

Mr. Chestnut, looking forward to next July 4th and your breaking your record at 70 wieners!

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 11:16 AM cliftonbochur Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

so why did you watch it?

Kashya fun maissa

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