Dog gone! Joey Chestnut dominates Nathan’s Famous eating contest

Hi, Frank! An adoring fan nearly swoons in the presence of his favorite anthropomorphised hot dog!
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Call it the hot dog days of summer!

The athletics of excess were on full display in Coney Island on July 4, where professional pork gobblers gathered for the Olympics of competitive eating — Nathan’s Famous Hog Dog Eating Contest!

The widely televised event is enjoyed annually by thousands in the air-conditioned comfort of their homes, but there’s nothing like seeing a world-class feeding frenzy up close and personal, according to one first-timer.

“I’ve seen it on TV, but this was my first time going to Coney and actually seeing it,” said Jose Castillo, who traveled from Gravesend with his wife Juana Castillo for the show. “You can really feel the vibe!”

The rules of the contest allow each eater 10 minutes to gorge themselves on the pork purveyor’s famed frankfurters, dunking their dogs in water, while hopping up and down to force the food down the gullets.

In the men’s division, legendary eater Joey Chestnut scarfed down a whopping 71 dogs to net his 12th title, beating runner-up Darren Breeden’s 48, and third place contender Geoffrey Esper’s 46 frankfurters.

Chestnut — who trains his stomach by drinking vast amounts of milk, water, and protein supplements — sadly failed to overcome the record-setting 74 hot dogs and buns he devoured in 2018.

For the women, Miki Sudo nabbed her sixth Mustard Belt after consuming 31 dogs.

Nathan’s claims the origins of their world-renowned eating contest can be traced to a July 4, 1916, bout between four immigrants who decided to measure their patriotism by — what else — seeing who could eat the most hot dogs.

If true, that would make this year’s contest Nathan’s 103rd annual eating bout.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 1:22 pm, July 9, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Hillary from Prison says:
What a disgusting display of gluttony. Shame on you America!
July 9, 2019, 12:36 pm
Typical Hipster Doofus from Billyburg says:
These poor dogs should have been adopted, not eaten.
July 9, 2019, 1:17 pm
Miss Ann Thrope from Provincetown says:
Nice to see those Nathan’s guys with the American Flag and the Stars and Stripes shorts. So sick of that rainbow flag, the un-inclusive, anti-American symbol of intolerance, violence and censorship, not love and acceptance like they claim.
July 9, 2019, 1:28 pm
The drumpfs from Prison says:
Wearing any clothing with the American flag printed on it or crafted from it is extremely disrespectful. The flag is only to be on a flagpole or draped, never to touch the ground. If any of you so called "patriots" learned something, you'd be amazed at your stupidity.
July 9, 2019, 1:36 pm
Miss Ann Thrope from Provincetown says:
It’s not a flag it’s a flag pattern, there is a difference. The only respect you Leftist C ommie traitors know is for ISIS, Antifa and MS-13
July 9, 2019, 3:21 pm
The drumpfs from Prison says:
Learn to read, stupid! Wow there's so much stupid, no wonder we all know your ip.
July 9, 2019, 4:14 pm
Karl from Windsor Terrace says:
This level of discourse is shameful.
July 9, 2019, 10:28 pm
Laughing from Park Slope says:
Why is all the food penile? Why isn't there a clam taco eating contest for women??
July 10, 2019, 7:18 am

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