Friday, July 5, 2013

Joey Chestnut breaks own record with 69 hot dogs, wins seventh straight Nathan's eating contest

Call it seven straight. Eating champion Joey Chestnut won the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, with the 2013 event being his seventh consecutive win.

In 2012, Chestnut won the contest, as well, but with a "mere" 68 dogs. This year, Chestnut downed 69 weiners (the irony of 69 combined with weiners can't be missed) and thus set a new record. He is also the first to win seven titles, and seven consecutive, to boot.

Chestnut, 29, said:
I almost started crying for a second. I'm happy as heck! Things came together today. The hot dogs were really good. It wasn't too hot.
In second place was Matt "Megatoad" Stonie, who finished with 51 hot dogs and buns, total. Stonie challenged Chestnut at first, but eventually succumbed to the champ's eating prowess.

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas won the women’s contest -— but in a narrow win. She ate 36 3/4 hot dogs and buns to edge Juliet Lee, who finished with 36. The tiny 100-pound Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., has won the women’s contest for all three years in which it has been held as a separate event.

Unlike Chestnut, though, Thomas didn't set a record, nor did she even come close. In 2012, Thomas broke her own record by eating 45 hot dogs and buns.

The last time Chestnut lost the contest was 2006, when longtime rival Takeru Kobayashi beat him, 53 3/4 to 52. Thomas, competing with the men in those days, finished third with 37, back then.

Each Nathan’s Famous hot dog and bun consists of 17 grams of fat, 710 milligrams of sodium, and 290 calories, which to be honest is relatively light. The normal caloric requirements for a man is about 2,000 calories a day, with no more than 200 grams of fat or 2,300 milligrams of salt.

Chestnut, on the other hand, consumed 20,010 calories, 1,173 grams of fat and 48,990 miligrams of sodium in one sitting.

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