Published: Thu, July 06, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Joey Chestnut destroys competition to win 2017 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Joey Chestnut destroys competition to win 2017 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Joey Chestnut consumed the 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to take first prize and break the record of 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes he set one year ago.

The Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest is more than 100 years old and takes place on the 4th of July.

Cincotti was a rookie in 2016, and put down 53 dogs in qualifying to punch his ticket this year. George Shea, the organizer praised Joey Chestnut's performance on Tuesday as if he were a warrior returning victorious from a distant battlefield. That came in a qualifying event previous year. Women's record-holder Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas came in third with 30.

He outdid himself again with a record 72 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win his 10th title in 11 years.

In the women's contest, Miki Sudo (MIHK'-ee SOO'-doh) won her fourth yellow mustard belt.

Current men's champion Joey Chestnut, right, of San Jose, Calif., watches the scale during his weigh-in for the 2017 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, in Brooklyn Borough Hall, in New York, Monday, July 3, 2017.

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"I'm happy", Chestnut said.

Chesnut earned a fair bit of cash for his win in the 101st edition of the famous competition.

"I am just a amusing guy who likes to eat", he told reporters, hot dogs barely swallowed, sweating in drops.

Chestnut holds more than 40 competitive eating titles, ranging from apple pies to burritos.

The owner of the Coney Island stand, Nathan Handwerker, overheard four immigrants arguing over who was more patriotic.

On the women's side of the competition, the favorite is New York City native Miki Sudo. Each contestant is given a plate of five, which once eaten, is taken away.

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