November 24, 2017

Hot dog champ downs 20,000 calories in 10 minutes

Joey Chestnut and friends.

Joey Chestnut ate 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win his fifth straight Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Coney Island.

It wasn’t a personal best for the Joey ‘Jaws’Chestnut, 27, but it was enough to beat second-place getter Patrick Bertoletti by nine hot dogs. His winning total adds up to a whopping 20,000 calories for 10 minutes chomping.

Joey Chestnut, from San Jose, California, won US$10,000 and the coveted mustard-yellow belt.

“I feel great!” he said after the contest, adding that he was going to drink a lot of water and avoid hot dogs for a few days.

Chestnut started at a blistering pace but couldn’t beat his own record of 68 “because I kept messing up,” he said, pausing for a burp. “Excuse me,” he told reporters squeezed around him.

Bertoletti, of Chicago, won US$5000, and third-place contestant Tim Janus, of New York, won US$2500.

This year, for the first time, the annual contest in front of Nathan’s Famous fast-food stand was broken into two divisions, one for men and one for women.

Sonya Thomas, known as the “Black Widow” of competitive eating, won with 40 downed hot dogs, earning her US$10,000 and her own pink champion’s belt.

“I’m so happy!” said Thomas, of Alexandria, Virginia.

Newswarped thinks it is great to see equal pay for the women.