In a dogged victory, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut scarfed down 54 franks in 10 minutes to take his fourth consecutive title – and the coveted mustard yellow belt — at the 95th annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on New York’s Coney Island Sunday.
It was man bites dog all the way. Chestnut pushed and shoved the wieners into his mouth, then chomped and swallowed while simultaneously reaching for his next fistful and bouncing up and down on his toes. Despite the spray of bread, water and assorted food debris, he managed to avoid a yellow card for messy eating.
But Chestnut’s victory – in 90-degree temperatures – didn’t come close to matching his world-record 68 hot dogs last year. Chestnut, who held a bottle of Pepto-Bismol aloft after his victory was announced, didn’t seem perturbed that he failed to set a new record this time around.
“I came out and knew what I had to do,” he said. “I was slower than I wanted to be.” Before the match , which was nationally televised on ESPN, he said he hoped to gobble down 69 or 70 dogs to set a new world record.