July 5, 2013 / Brooklyn news / Brooklyn Is Awesome

Joey Chestnut and Sonja Thomas were the big winners at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 2013

Chestnut shatters records at Nathan’s Hot-Dog-Eating contest

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Four thousand one hundred and ninety-two hits. One hundred points in one basketball game. A 56-game hitting streak.

Forget all those numbers, as they have been rendered meaningless.

The new standard is 69 — the amount of hot dogs and buns Joey “Jaws” Chestnut ate in 10 minutes during sport’s most grueling event.

Chestnut stuffed the 69th in his mouth just as time expired to shatter his previous record of 68 franks that the now-seven-time winner of Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating contest had reached twice before.

Three words explain the feat best: amazing, incredible, and, most appropriately, disgusting.

Matt “Megatoad” Stoney was the only other eater who challenged Chestnut in the contest. Stoney started with an early lead, but couldn’t keep up with the metronome pace set by Jaws. Stoney finished in second place with 51 hot dogs, setting his own personal record, but well short of champion.

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas won her fourth-straight title on the women’s side, albeit by more nail-biting means. Thomas fell behind to Juliet Lee by five whole franks, but stormed back in the final minutes to beat her by three-quarters of a hot dog. Thomas finished with 36 and three-quarters hot dogs and buns compared to Lee’s 36.

Updated 10:12 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Chuck Anziulewicz from Spring Hill, West Virginia says:
Yes, nothing says “American Exceptionalism” better than competitive gluttony.
July 5, 2013, 1:13 pm
BunnynSunny from Clinton Hill says:
And there are starving people in Africa.
July 6, 2013, 3:59 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I never did see what make this contest so special. Also, that top image is disgusting to look at. Even worse, I couldn't even believe that this was even being televised by ESPN when it shouldn't have been. They could have aired some real sports that day such as the WNBA or MLB, but they chose to air this instead. Nathan's could have done something better such as donating all those hot dogs to the homeless or even to those living in third world countries that are poor and starving rather than have this contest. Another thing is that eating a bunch of hot dogs at once can create medical issues as well.
July 7, 2013, 1:32 pm
ty from pps says:
Thanks, Tal. What would we have done without your very important and intelligent comment?
July 7, 2013, 4:38 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I say that ty should enter the next contest for this.
July 8, 2013, 5:34 pm
ty from pps says:
I think Tal should try out for the WNBA.
July 8, 2013, 5:50 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, that was a hit way below the belt, and you know why they could never accept me into the WNBA despite my prowes at hoops. One, on account of my weight. Two, on account of my age. Three, on account of my gendar. Four, because I am too busy debunking all the falsities promoted by streetsblogger zealouts.
Sept. 13, 2013, 4:29 pm

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