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Joey Chestnut sets new record at post-pandemic hot dog race

NEW YORK (AP) — Chowdown champ Joey “Jaws” Chestnut broke his own record to gulp to a 14th win in the men’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Sunday, while Michelle Lesco took the women’s title.

Chestnut downed 76 franks and buns in 10 minutes. That’s one more than he did in setting the men’s record last year, when the contest unfolded without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic.

ESPN Broadcast Cuts Out as Joey Chestnut Breaks Hot Dog Eating World Record

Joey Chestnut broke his own unfathomable world record by eating 76 hot dogs in 10 minutes at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest for his 14th career title. However, few were able to see the clinching bites as ESPN’s broadcast cut out in the final seconds, leaving viewers of the Fourth of July tradition frustrated.

ESPN’s feed featured multiple technical difficulties, including brief commercial breaks in the middle of the 10-min event, but none worse than in the final 15 seconds when the screen went blank just as Chestnut closed in on the record. 

Joey Chestnut wins 14th Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest with record 76 franks

Joey Chestnut won his 14th Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in dominant fashion on Sunday, devouring a new record 76franks in 10 minutes to keep his mantle atop the sport. 

“It just felt good,” Chestnut, of Westfield, Indiana, said in an ESPN interview after his win Sunday. “Even if I was uncomfortable, having everybody cheer me and push me, it made me feel good.”

Nathan’s Hot Dog Contest 2021: Joey Chestnut wins for 14th time

Defending world champion Joey Chestnut broke his own world record Sunday, devouring 76 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes during Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

It was the 14th time the top-ranked hot dog eater in the world won the title in the last 15 years, slinging down 26 more than second place finisher Geoffrey Esper and one more than Chestnut managed last year.

On the women’s side, Michelle Lesco, ranked ninth overall, picked up her first championship after consuming 30 3/4 hot dogs and buns, 6 3/4 more than runner-up Sarah Rodriguez.

Joey Chestnut beats own record at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, downing 76 in 10 minutes

Joey Chestnut beat his own record Sunday at the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Brooklyn’s Coney Island, eating 76 hot dogs in 10 minutes. He beat the record he set in 2020 of 75 hot dogs, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the contest to be held at Nathan’s headquarters in Williamsburg without an audience.

This is the 37-year-old Chestnut’s 14th win and sixth straight title at the traditional Fourth of July event. He was the overwhelming favorite to win at several sportsbooks, according to ESPN.

Joey Chestnut wins Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, earns sixth straight title

Joey Chestnut defended his title and broke his own record to win the 2021 Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest on Sunday in Coney Island, N.Y.

Chestnut, nicknamed “Jaws,” made history by eating 76 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to take home his sixth straight Mustard Belt and 14th overall. Runner-up Geoffrey Esper consumed 50 franks.

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