Joey Chestnut wins eighth straight Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
JUL 04, 2014 12:25p ET
Joey Chestnut continued his dominant run through the world of competitive eating, winning his eighth Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in a row by eating 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes. He defeated Matt Stonie by five hot dogs.
Chestnut took the lead early, but Stonie rallied back and took the lead with about six minutes left. The two traded the lead for the next few minutes and were tied with 1:13 left. But Chestnut pulled away from there.
Chestnut has now won every Nathan's contest since 2007, when he ended Takeru Kobayashi's six-year winning streak. Chestnut's 61-hot-dog performance this year put him eight shy of his own world record of 69, which he set last year.
In addition to his eighth straight contest win, Chestnut also proposed to his girlfriend (and fellow competitive eater) Neslie Ricasa on stage before the contest began. She said yes.
Miki Sudo upset Sonya Thomas to win the women’s division, making her the first person to defeat Thomas since women were given their own competition in 2011.
Sudo, ranked fourth before the contest, ate 34 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Thomas finished in second place after eating 27 3/4 and ending her three-year winning streak.
Thomas, the favorite entering the competition, has appeared at 11 consecutive hot dog-eating contest and also is champion in other eating events, including deep-fried okra, Maine lobster and baked beans, according to The Guardian.
“To be the first person to beat Sonya Thomas at hot dogs is surreal,” Sudo said. “I think both of us are hoping to break the existing world record of 45 in 10 minutes, but weather conditions got in the way, but we’ll definitely be back to set a higher number.”
Sudo missed the contest last year, withdrawing just eight days before the Fourth of July contest.
NESN contributed to this report.