Joey Chestnut earned his 16th win at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Tuesday at Coney Island in the New York borough of Brooklyn, beating James Webb and Geoffrey Esper in the men’s field.
Chestnut ate 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
He set the record for most hot dogs eaten in 10 minutes with 76 in 2021. He had 63 in last year’s contest.
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Chestnut got off to a good start, eating five hot dogs and buns in the first 30 seconds. With 5 minutes left in the contest, Chestnut ate around 40 hot dogs and buns. At one point, he was eating nearly seven hot dogs a minute.
Esper finished second with 49 and Webb had 47.
The contest was delayed two hours due to storms moving through the area. At first it was thought that the event was going to be cancelled, but the competitors persevered and upon seeing the sun for the first time, they took to the stage and began their journey, one at a time.
Earlier in the day, Miki Sudo secured her ninth victory in the hot dog eating contest. He put down 39.5 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes and narrowly defeated Mayo Ebihara. The Japan native was just six hot dogs and buns behind Sudo with 33.
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Sudo made his first appearance in the contest in 2014 and hasn’t lost since, according to the New York Post. She was only forced to take a sabbatical in 2021 due to her pregnancy, but she returned in 2022 and knocked out Michelle Lesco at that time.
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Sudo came to the event as the third eater in the world and the first among women.