NEW YORK — Chowdown champ Joey “Jaws” Chestnut broke his personal document to gulp to a 14th win within the males’s Nathan’s Well-known Sizzling Canine Consuming Contest on Sunday, whereas Michelle Lesco took the ladies’s title.
Chestnut downed 76 franks and buns in 10 minutes. That is another than he did in setting the boys’s document final yr, when the competition unfolded indoors and with out followers due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It simply felt good,” Chestnut, of Westfield, Indiana, stated in an ESPN interview after his win Sunday. “Even when I used to be uncomfortable, having everyone cheer me and push me, it made me really feel good.”
Lesco, of Tucson, Arizona, downed 30¾ canines in 10 minutes and known as her win “an incredible feeling.”
Reigning ladies’s champ and document holder Miki Sudo skipped this yr as a result of she’s anticipating a child in just a few weeks with fellow aggressive eater Nick Wehry. He vied for the boys’s title however got here up brief.
The annual Fourth of July frankfurter fest usually occurs exterior Nathan’s flagship store in Brooklyn’s Coney Island neighborhood. However this yr’s planning passed off amid shifting coronavirus restrictions, and the occasion was held in a close-by minor league baseball stadium, Maimonides Park, with 5,000 spectators.
Chestnut stated he’d missed the followers final yr.
“I have been wanting ahead to this all yr,” he advised ESPN in an interview earlier than this yr’s competitors.