NEW YORK: Legendary competitive eater Joey “Jaws” Chestnut wolfed down a record 70 hot dogs — buns and all — in just 10 minutes Monday to reclaim his crown at an annual New York competition.
Chestnut’s gastric feat at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island marked a return to form for the 32-year-old Californian, who saw his eight-year winning streak broken by challenger Matt “Megatoad” Stonie in 2015.
This year, the 24-year-old Stonie fell short, managing just 53 frankfurters to come second.
The women’s contest was won for the third time by Miki Sudo, 30, who chomped down 38.5 dogs.
Held by one of America’s best-known wiener purveyors, the competition supposedly dates back 100 years.
It is held annually on the July 4th holiday, and pushes America’s love of Independence Day hot dogs to a stomach-churning extreme.