Chestnut shatters records at Nathan’s Hot-Dog-Eating contest • Brooklyn Paper

Chestnut shatters records at Nathan’s Hot-Dog-Eating contest

SIXTY-NINE!: Joey “Jaws” Chestnut can barely stand up after swallowing a massive amount of tube steak, as Major League Eating chief George Shea, who draped the hero in the American flag, takes in the historic moment.
Photo by Paul Martinka

Four thousand one hundred and ninety-two hits. One hundred points in one basketball game. A 56-game hitting streak.

Forget all those numbers, as they have been rendered meaningless.

The new standard is 69 — the amount of hot dogs and buns Joey “Jaws” Chestnut ate in 10 minutes during sport’s most grueling event.

Chestnut stuffed the 69th in his mouth just as time expired to shatter his previous record of 68 franks that the now-seven-time winner of Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating contest had reached twice before.

THE STOMACH: Joey “Jaws” Chestnut devours another hot dog and bun en route to a world-record 69 in 10 minutes — a gatronomical feat unmatched in human history.
Photo by Paul Martinka

Three words explain the feat best: amazing, incredible, and, most appropriately, disgusting.

Matt “Megatoad” Stoney was the only other eater who challenged Chestnut in the contest. Stoney started with an early lead, but couldn’t keep up with the metronome pace set by Jaws. Stoney finished in second place with 51 hot dogs, setting his own personal record, but well short of champion.

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas won her fourth-straight title on the women’s side, albeit by more nail-biting means. Thomas fell behind to Juliet Lee by five whole franks, but stormed back in the final minutes to beat her by three-quarters of a hot dog. Thomas finished with 36 and three-quarters hot dogs and buns compared to Lee’s 36.

CHAMPIONS: Chestnut and Sonja “Black Widow” Thomas show off their well-deserved championship belts — but pass on more hot dogs.
Photo by Paul Martinka

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