Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2012 Results: Joey Chestnut Shows He's Best Ever

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04:  Competitive eater Joey Chestnut waves to the crowd before competing in the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island on July 4, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Chestnut won the men's division by successfully tying his own world record by eating 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes; he has now won the competition six years in a row.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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As the winner of the 2012 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, Joey Chestnut proved that he is the best competitive eater ever.

In a field that included many quality competitors, like Patrick Bertoletti, Tim "Eater X" Janus and teenager Matt Stonie, Chestnut dominated the competition to win his sixth straight title at the prestigious event. With the win, he takes home $10,000 and a new mustard title belt. 

Chestnut now ties Takeru Kobayashi for the most all-time wins at the contest. The former champion has not competed in the event for the past few years due to a contract dispute. This robs fans of a great rivalry, though Chestnut has still dominated the sport in his opponent's absence. 

This year's Fourth of July contest was close in the beginning, but the champ showed that he is by far the best. Chestnut ended up eating 62 hot dogs and buns, 10 more than second-place finisher Tim Janus. By the time the event reached the halfway point, first place was no longer in doubt.

Shockingly, the California native was disappointed with his performance. His goal coming in was to break his own record of 68 hot dogs, but he came up short. After the contest he told ESPN's Mike Mazzeo, "It feels great that I was able to tie the world record without anybody really pushing me...but I'm a little bummed I didn't get to 70."

While he was unable to break his own record, it still shows how much control he has over the sport of competitive eating. No one in the field was good enough to even warrant his respect.

Chestnut owns over 20 world eating records, covering foods from Chili to Asparagus to Shrimp Wontons. With his ability to chow down food, nothing seems off limits.