Joey Chestnut overcomes rain delay and defends title at Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Contest


This year’s women’s champion Miki Sudo, left, and men’s champion Joey Chestnut, center, stand together during the 2023 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in the Coney Island section of the Brooklyn borough of New York on Tuesday, July 2023. . 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

Eating superstar Joey “Jaws” Chestnut braved a rain delay and scored another victory in Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, gobbling up 62 franks and buns in less than 10 minutes.

Chestnut beat runner-up Geoffrey Asper and the rest of the international field of 15 competing players by double digits to win his 16th title. Asper from Oxford, Massachusetts managed to eat 49 hot dogs and buns.

In the women’s competition, defending champion Miki Sudo forced 39 1/2 hot dogs and buns to earn her ninth Mustard Belt. But before the men could compete, stormy weather hit New York City’s Coney Island and delayed the competition for two hours.

“What a roller coaster, emotionally,” Chestnut said after getting out of the rain and wondering if the famous competition would continue at all. The 39-year-old from Westfield, Indiana first competed for Nathan’s title in 2005 and has not lost it since 2015.

His best performance was in 2021 when he achieved 76 hot dogs, but Tuesday’s weather disruption made a repeat of that impossible.

“Everybody got messed up,” said Chestnut.

In the women’s event, Sudo defeated Mayoi Ebihara’s 33 1/2 hot dog in 10 minutes, which looked very close until the final count was announced. Unofficial real-time counters showed the two leaders on equal footing for most of the contest. The score was decided by the final count of the plates.

Sudo, 37, was disappointed with his winning total, which was nine hot dogs short of his all-time high. He said the competition from 27-year-old Ebihara had frustrated him.

“In the first few minutes, I found myself looking at him, which I never want to do. I never want to be distracted by other competitors,” Sudo, from Port Richey, Florida, said after the competition. “Seeing him, I felt my hands. I had a big burp in the beginning but I was able to get over it.

According to ESPN, the annual competition at New York City’s Coney Island featured competitors from England, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Brazil and Australia.



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