‘Jaws’ de­fends ti­tle

Joey Chest­nut gob­bles down record 72 hot dogs

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Joey “Jaws” Chest­nut gulped, chomped and pow­ered his way to a 10th ti­tle on Tues­day, con­tin­u­ing his record-set­ting reign as the chow­ing cham­pion at the an­nual Nathan’s Fa­mous July Fourth hot dog eat­ing con­test.

Shov­ing wa­ter-soaked buns and wrig­gling franks into his mouth on a hot, sunny day on the Coney Is­land board­walk, he downed 72 dogs and buns in 10 min­utes to beat his own record and hoist the Mus­tard Belt for a 10th time. The San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia, man bested upand-comer Car­men Cin­cotti, of Mays Land­ing, New Jersey, who ate 60 franks and buns on his 24th birth­day.

Miki Sudo notched a fourth straight win in the women’s com­pe­ti­tion. The Las Ve­gas woman ate 41 hot dogs and buns to beat Michelle Lesco of Tuc­son, Ari­zona, who downed 32 franks and buns.

Dur­ing the men’s com­pe­ti­tion, five peo­ple were taken into cus­tody for try­ing to dis­rupt the event, po­lice said. The peo­ple ap­peared to be at­tempt­ing to un­fold a black ban­ner be­fore po­lice stopped them and took them away. Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals mem­bers had been giv­ing away free ve­gan hot dogs out­side the event, but spokes­woman Tricia Le­bkuecher said the peo­ple ar­rested in­side weren’t af­fil­i­ated with PETA.

Chest­nut has dom­i­nated the chow­down throw­down for years, eat­ing 70 franks and buns last year to top his then-record and take back the ti­tle from Matt “The Me­ga­toad” Stonie. The 25-year-old Stonie came in third on Tues­day, with 48 franks and buns.

AP PHOTO

Joey Chest­nut eats two hot dogs at a time dur­ing the Nathan’s An­nual Fa­mous In­ter­na­tional Hot Dog Eat­ing Con­test on Tues­day in New York. Chest­nut won, mark­ing his 10th vic­tory in the event.

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