Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest crowns Joey Chestnut for a fifth straight year. Chestnut downed 62 dogs in 10 minutes to take the Nathan title again. The contest is held at the annual Fourth of July content.
Not only does Chestnut retain his “Mustard Belt,” he will receive a $10,000 cash prize for the victory. Starting fast Chestnut was on a pace to beat his own record of 68 dogs but could not finish as strong “because I kept messing up,” he said, pausing for a burp. “Excuse me,” he told reporters squeezed around him.
“I feel great!” he said after the contest, adding that he was going to drink a lot of water and avoid hot dogs for a few days.
This year, for the first time, the annual contest in front of Nathan’s Famous fast-food stand was broken into two divisions, one for men and one for women. Sonya Thomas, known as the ‘Black Widow’ of competitive eating, won with 40 downed dogs, earning her $10,000 and her own pink champion’s belt.
According to legend, on July 4, 1916, four immigrants had a hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous stand on Coney Island to settle an argument about who was the most patriotic. The contest has been held at the site nearly every year since, resuming in 1972, in conjunction with Independence Day. Chestnut and Thomas will also receive a trophy and two cases of Nathan’s hot dogs for their victories.