Joey Chestnut defeated his rival, Matt Stonie, by consuming 62 hot dogs and buns within 10 minutes in the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest for men on Tuesday, similar to his 16th consecutive win. The champion eater, nicknamed ‘Jaws’, had set a record of 76 hot dogs and buns eaten in the event held on Independence Day in 2021, which he fell short of this time.
Due to a thunderstorm on Tuesday afternoon in Coney Island, New York, the men’s competition was delayed by nearly two hours. When asked about lighting on Coney Island, Joey Chestnut said, ‘It’s a roller coaster, emotionally,’ and added, ‘Everyone was confused.’
Regarding breaking his 2021 record, Joey Chestnut had hoped to achieve it, but instead, he settled for 63 hot dogs and buns, which left him disappointed. ‘It didn’t come together,’ he said, but he still had an amazing experience. ‘I have a room to improve, so I’m going to go get some beers later,’ Joey Chestnut said.
To secure his eighth victory in a row, Joey Chestnut consumed an estimated 18,600 calories. What about his Fourth of July dinner? ‘It’s going to be a liquid meal tonight,’ he said.
Joey Chestnut, 39, emerged victorious with 13 hot dogs and buns ahead of the runner-up, Geoffrey Esper, 48, who finished with 49. James Webb, 34, concluded the competition with 47 hot dogs and buns.
On the previous day in hot dog eating contest, Miki Sudo won the women’s competition for the ninth time by consuming 39.5 hot dogs and buns within 10 minutes. Sudo couldn’t surpass her own record of 48.5 hot dogs and buns, which she set during the Independence Day event in 2020.
Sudo, 37, faced tough competition from Michelle Lesco, 39, who finished in second place with 33.5 hot dogs and buns. Lesco had consumed 24.25 hot dogs and buns before securing the third position.
After winning, Sudo mentioned that her final number wasn’t a whole number because she believed either a hot dog or a bun was not counted correctly. Officials concluded that it was Sudo’s victory.
‘I just want to let people know that I didn’t leave an extra hot dog on the table,’ she said.
At the end of the live-streamed competition of hot dog eating contest, Sudo and Esper were very close, leading to speculation that an unofficial result had separated them by one. Sudo stated that she had kept an eye on Esper during the bun-eating portion of the hot dog eating contest. ‘I see her, which I never want to do,’ she said.
As the judges tallied the official results, they chatted with each other, exchanged congratulations, and aligned to announce Sudo as the winner among the 15 women competitors.
Last year, Sudo secured victory by consuming 40 hot dogs and buns in the hot dog eating contest.