Joey Chestnut and Matt Stonie - Winner Joey Chestnut broke a record with 69 franks, while the women's winner Sonya Thomas defended her title by eating 36 3/4 hot dogs in 10 minutes - New York, NY, United States - Thursday 4th July 2013
The people's champion has emerged victorious once again.
It’s the 4th of July, it’s hot dog season… yep, you guessed it, the annual Coney Island competitive hot dog eating competition has crowned a winner. Joey Chestnut gobbled up 69 wieners (Freud would have a field day with this stuff) and took home the championship for the seventh time. Keep in mind that this is a serious competition, with serious prize money on the line - $100 000 to be precise. Chestnut wolfed down the hot dogs, complete with buns, in 10 minutes flat – a brand new record in competitive eating. Although, to be fair, the old record – 68 hot dogs – was also set by Chestnut in 2009 and matched (again by him) last year. He also commented that it isn’t the money that motivates him.
To the victor go the spoils.
“I’d do this for nothing,” Chestnut said for the Wall Street Journal after the display of sporting prowess.