Hot dog! Chestnut wins for seventh consecutive year

Nathan’s delivered yet again as the 97th annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest drew in record crowds.

Emerging victorious were the two favorites: Joey Chestnut for the men, and Sonya Thomas for the women.

Chestnut, who inhaled 69 hotdogs in 10 minutes, broke his record of 68 hotdogs, making his seventh consecutive victory even sweeter.

Sonya Thomas, better known as the Black Widow, was able to hold off upstart "The Lovely" Juliet Lee in the women's competition. Thomas ate just shy of 37 hot dogs compared to Lee's even 36, securing herself as the only women's champion since the event was divided into separate divisions in 2011.

“It was very dramatic this year,” said Nathan’s spokesperson George Shea, “Chestnut ate his record-breaking hotdog in the last three seconds.”

Sonya Thomas, who downed 36 and three-quarters frankfurters fell short of her personal best of 45, yet still secured her third victory in a row.

“The heat was really getting to her,” explained Shea.

In order to compete on the big day, one must first win a qualifying round, explained Shea. In total, nine women and 16 men participated in the competition.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.