Underdog Joey Chestnut upset Public Rival #1 Matt Stonie to reclaim his stake as the top hot eater in the nation.
Joey “Jaws” took home the title at the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous, located on Coney Island.
Chestnut crushed 70 hot dogs (and buns) in just 10 minutes on the holiday Monday, ousting his nemesis “The Megatoad” Stonie by a 17-dog spread. The rivalry is a domestic tilt too, with both competitors hailing from San Jose, California.
Not only did Chestnut beat his main foe, he beat himself, too. Jaws’ 70 dogs were the most ever eaten at a competition, with the previous record being held by Chestnut when he stomached 69 hot dogs in the same amount of time. That’s not even the best he’s done; in a qualifying event, Chestnut dummied 73-and-a-half dogs in 10 minutes.
Chestnut was the Serena Williams of the hot dog eating circuit – on a level of his own, making competitors look more like participants. He took home the past eight title belts before having his streak shattered by Stonie last year.
Holding the appropriately-coloured, mustard-yellow belt, Chestnut said Stonie, “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.”
A sportsmanlike eater, Stonie cited no excuses for his loss, congratulating Chestnut on an amazing job.
The closest competitors to the two heavy favourites ate a casual 41 hotdogs in the competition.
In the women’s division, Miki Sudo successfully defended her title, racking up 38.5 hot dogs in 10 minutes. She’s won the contest the past two years, potentially pushing for a Joey-like win streak of her own.
Each champion takes home $10,000 as a reward, and a stomach ache to commemorate their victory.