Joey Chestnut Wins Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and Breaks Last Year’s Record
Joey Chestnut ate 69 franks and broke his own record by one hot dog in Nathans Fourth of July hot dog eating contest while Sonya Thomas defended her title in the women's competition.
Joey keeps the mustard-yellow champion's belt. He said afterward that he was motivated by the prestige, not the $10,000 prize money.
"I'd do this for nothing," he said.
Sonya Thomas, known as the "Black Widow" of competitive eating, weighs only 100 pounds, she wolfed down nearly 37 wieners to narrowly claim victory. Thomas went toe-to-toe with Juliet Lee for the $5,000 women's prize. Thomas finished with 36 and three-quarters dogs; while Lee ate 36 wieners.