Joey Chestnut just ate 72 hot dogs, is somehow still alive

Jul 06, 2017, 00:10
Joey Chestnut just ate 72 hot dogs, is somehow still alive

Yesterday, the Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest-the sporting event so all-American, it's debatable whether it even counts as a sport-was held in Coney Island for at least the 45th time.

One the women's side of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, Miki Sudo held onto her title for the fourth straight year. She's now won four years in a row and has become the most decorated woman in Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest history since the women's division was first added back in 2011.

Nobody celebrated harder than Joey Chestnut.

This is how Chestnut was delivered to the stage - an entrance befitting of a hot dog-eating legend.

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut continues his reign as the chowing champion at the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in NY. That came in a qualifying event past year. Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas finished the competition in third.

"I'm really happy I got this win", Chestnut said, gripping the Mustard Belt, "I slowed down way more more than I wanted to, I definitely have room for more".

Two years ago, Matt Stonie took home the prize, but he lagged far behind Chestnut during this year's 4th of July festivities. We're splitting hairs when it comes to a point where we are debating a dude eating 71 hot dogs versus 72. And nowhere is that glorious American past time of 0ver-eating processed meats on display than at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. "I was sweating like a mad dog", Chestnut told ESPN immediately after his victory.

Eating contests have become popular in the U.S. and various forms are held across the country throughout the year.

A video of last year's competition can be viewed below.