13-Time Nathan’s Champ Joey Chestnut Eats Record 75 Hot Dogs in 10 Minutes

Jesse Pantuosco
July 04, 2020 - 2:18 pm

Bill Russell won 11 NBA championships with the Boston Celtics. Michael Jordan accumulated six rings over the course of his historic Chicago Bulls tenure. Patriots legend Tom Brady has six Lombardi Trophies and counting. Joey Chestnut has them all beat. The 36-year-old added to his title count Saturday, earning his 13th Mustard Belt at the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, wolfing down a record 75 franks in 10 minutes. Chestnut bettered his own world-record (accomplished in 2018) by a single dog.

Chestnut, who has won the event five years running, wasn’t the only eater on his game Saturday. Women’s champ Miki Sudo made history as well, housing a record 48.5 hot dogs while cruising to her seventh straight Nathan’s title. Sudo erased Sonya Thomas—whose illustrious mark of 45 had stood since 2012—from the record books while shattering her own career-high of 41 dogs set in 2017.

The most decorated eater of all-time, the 6’1,” 220-pound Chestnut eclipsed 1,000 hot dogs for his career with Saturday’s triumph. Chestnut faced little competition en route to his fifth-straight Nathan’s crown, defeating second-place finisher Darren Breeden by a commanding 75-42 margin. Among the most dominant eaters on the pro circuit (currently ranked fourth in the world), Saturday marked Breeden’s second straight runner-up finish at Coney Island.

Nathan’s annual contest is usually staged in front of thousands of spectators, but fans weren’t permitted at this year’s event amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Competitors were separated by Plexiglass dividers in an effort to maintain social distancing. There were no weather factors to contend with this year as eaters consumed their dogs indoors for the first time.

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