The 23-year old Matt Stonie ate 62 hot dogs while defending champion devoured 60 in 10 minutes
The eight-time Hog Dog Eating champion Joey Chestnut was all set for another win in this year’s Nathan’s famous Hot Dot Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York to make it nine in a row.
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But it was Matt Stonie, the last year’s runner-up, who went on to win the Fourth of July special contest with 62 hot dogs, compare to 60 eaten by Chestnut and earned his first muster yellow belt.
“I trained hard for this. This is actually amazing.” The 23-year old Stonie ESPN, the broadcaster of the event.
“Joey is an amazing competitor. I know he brings 100% to the Fourth of July and he is the legend of the sport.” Stonie said of his rival Joey Chestnut.
The 31-year old defending champion Joey Chestnut was having a slight edge early in the contest but could not maintain the pace and lost to a younger competitor.
“I just had trouble. I was slow and he was eating fast,” Chestnut said after the competition. “I did bad, he deserved to win.” He said of Stonie.
“I was looking for a competition for a long time and now I have it, and now he’s made me hungry.” Chestnut said, vowing to return next year for a rematch. Nevertheless Chestnut still holds the record for eating most hot dogs in a competition, which is 69, set by him in 2013 contest.
Earlier, the women competition was won by defending champion Miki Sudo. The Les Vegas woman ate 38 hot dogs in 10 minutes, beating Virginia’s Sonya Thomas who devoured 31 hot dogs.
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Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest held annually since 1972 in conjunction with Independence Day and watched by thousands of spectators each year. According to figures provided by Time, a total of 1,377 hot dogs have been eaten by all the champs since 1972 (prior to latest competition).