Joey Chestnut Breaks World Record at Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Roman Schwartz
July 5, 2018

The title was Chestnut's third in a row and 11th in the last 12 years, taking home the Mustard Belt by destroying all others and eating nine more hot dogs than his closest competitor. But then in 1991, Frank Dellarosa destroyed 21.5 hot dogs, becoming the first person to eat 20 or more hot dogs at the event.

The contest has been held since 1972 and this year, constants are vying for $40,000 in prize money. Sudo is a four-time victor herself, and previous year she broke 40 hot dogs for the first time at the event, eating 41.

New Jersey native Carmen Cincotti finished second by eating 64 hot dogs. It's a odd way to set a world record, but it's a world record nevertheless. That day, he broke his 2016 personal record of 70 dogs, and spectators are committed to seeing whether he can pull off a similar feat this year.

Joey Chestnut is going have to make room on his mantle after winning his 11th title at the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest Wednesday afternoon in Coney Island. Surely many readers of this story could approach or exceed that total, or at least know a friend who could do so with little trouble.

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Chestnut said he had "a vision" for this year's win, and seemed to be unfatigued after "10 minutes of work". "When I saw that I had a considerable lead, at one point by eight hot dogs, I said, it's fine, I'm done". He won again in 2017, consuming 72 hot dogs and setting a new contest record.

The Fourth of July event, considered by some to be the Super Bowl of competitive eating, also featured 74-year-old Rich "The Locust" LeFevre - the oldest competitor in the contest's 101-year history.

The sport has contintued to thrive without him, even though he is a legend of the sport.

That's testimony to the grip that hot dog eating has on the United States, especially on July 4.

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