The winner for the 12th time was a Californian who managed to swallow 71 hotdogs.
Joey Chestnut, nicknamed “Jaws” ate 71 hotdogs and for the 12th time became the winner of the annual championship on eating hotdogs, which holds a network of eateries Nathan’s Famous on Independence Day.
Only a few pieces were not enough for the winner to beat last year’s record: confidently speaking in front of a crowd of spectators and 17 rivals, the Californian with a large margin ahead of the nearest competitors, but did not reach the mark of 74 hot dogs.
Answering a question about his health after the competition, 35-year-old Chestnut admitted: “I think I could eat a couple more pieces.”
“I knew it wouldn’t be easy. I tried, pushed in a mouth too much, pieces didn’t climb in a throat, – he told. – I just needed to find a way to move a little faster. I think it gets harder with age.”
In the women’s competition won Miki Sudo, swallowed 31 hotdogs.
The 33-year-old winner also fell short of his last year’s figure (37 pieces), but received the title for the sixth time in a row, easily ahead of rival Michelle Lesko, who took second place with the result of 26 hotdogs.
Like Chestnut, she’s a little disappointed she couldn’t eat more.
“This is not my best indicator. All in all, the performance was quite low. Maybe it’s the heat. But I have nothing to complain about. I felt in great shape, so I’m just glad that it was enough to get the sixth belt,” she said.
Both Chestnut and Sudo will receive prizes of $ 10,000.
On the occasion of the competition on the famous boardwalk of Coney island pulled together numerous fans with plastic noise, foam hot dogs and homemade signs.
Annual competitions have been held since 1972, although, as stated in the advertisement for the competition, it was first held in 1916.
Chestnut conceded the victory only once, in 2007, when his longtime rival Takeru Kobayashi took the lead for the first time.