Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Chestnut wins 6th hot dogs title

Five-time reigning champion Joey Chestnut celebrates after he wins his sixth Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating World Championship (AP)

Joey Chestnut has eaten his way to a sixth straight win at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Coney Island, tying his personal best in a sweaty, gag-inducing spectacle.

The 28-year-old, nicknamed Jaws, scoffed down 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes in the sweltering summer heat to take home 10,000 dollars and the mustard yellow belt. He bested his main rival by 16 dogs.

"I feel good, it was a great win," Mr Chestnut said after the contest, adding he wished he could have eaten a record number of hot dogs for the audience. "I tried my best. I'm looking forward to next year already."

Second place went to Tim Janus of New York with 52 hot dogs, who received 5,000 dollars. Third place went to Patrick Bertoletti of Chicago with 51, who won 2,500 dollars.

Chestnut was neck-and-neck with competitors during the first half of the contest, but he pulled ahead in the remaining minutes, choking down dog after dog, while other competitors slowed as the clock wound down.

"I'm happy to come out with the win," he said.

Sonya Thomas, of Alexandria, downed 45 wieners to win the women's competition. She reached her goal of eating 45 in the time limit - her age - and took home her own pink champion's belt and 10,000 dollars.

Ms Thomas, known as the Black Widow of competitive eating, won last year as well, the first time a separate contest was held for women.

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