Joey Chestnut got off to a STRONG start at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and never looked back … securing his fourth straight victory but dude still looked a bit bummed.
The hot dog eating god wolfed down 71 hot dogs in 10 minutes to earn his 12th overall Mustard Belt at Coney Island. But Chestnut looked disappointed … he said he’d been eyeing 75 hot dogs for the world record. He can hang his head high on this — absolutely NO ONE was gonna ketchup to him. Darron Breeden ate 50 dogs to finish as the runner-up.
As we reported … Chestnut broke the world record last year with a whopping 74 wieners. His previous record had been 72.
BTW … Japan’s Takeru Kobayashi no longer takes part in the Super Bowl of eating competitions. He and Chestnut were featured in a “30 for 30” special earlier this week … which prompted legendary sports reporter Peter King to rip the contest. Chestnut took serious issue with that.
Over on the women’s side … Miki Sudo devoured 31 hot dogs to earn her sixth straight win. She easily defeated the runner-up, Michelle Lesco, who gorged 26 hot dogs. Sudo couldn’t beat her total from last year … when she took down 37 hot dogs. The all-time women’s record is 45 hot dogs in 10 minutes … set by Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas.
Now … get these folks some Pepto, stat.