Joey Chestnut Wins Hot Dog Eating Contest, Consumes 19k Calories

 
on July 04 2011 4:28 PM

Joey Chestnut has dominated the famous Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest once again.

He wolfed down 62 hot dogs in just 10 minutes at the annual July 4th competition.  That's equivalent to 19,158 calories, give or take, and about 6 times the daily calories a man of his size should consume.

His closest competitor ate 53 hot dogs and the third place finisher ate 43. 

Chestnut has now won the competition for the fifth consecutive time.  He won in 2010 with 54 hot dogs, 2009 with 68, 2008 with 59, and 2007 with 66.

His win, however, isn't uncontested.  CBS reported that Takeru Kobayashi, a legendary competitive eater, ate in sync with the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at a Manhattan bar via satellite.  He claims to have eaten 69, which beat Chestnut's effort and sets a new world record.

Kobayashi didn't compete officially because of a contract dispute.  So far, the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest has recognized Chestnut as the winner.  Kobayash had won the contest from 2001 to 2006. 

The winner of the contest currently receives $10,000, followed by $5,000 for second place, $2,000 for third place, $1,500 for fourth place, and $1,000 for fifth place.

Kobayashi and Chestnut are not large men.  However, they dominated the field because it's more about eating technique and stomach capacity/elasticity.  

 

 

Share this article

More News from IBT MEDIA