Joey Chestnut cruised to the 100th Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest title on Monday and broke his own world record in the process, eating an incredible 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
Matt Stonie, who won last year's contest by eating 62 hot dogs, managed to get down only 53 this year, finishing in second place.
"Last year was rough, but everyone was like, 'It's gonna make next year better.' And everyone was right," Chestnut said after the event, per the WatchESPN live stream.
Here are the results:
|Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Top Finishers|
Chestnut won eight straight times between 2007 and 2014 before Stonie ended his reign of terror last year. Chestnut had ended the dominance of Takeru Kobayashi, who won the contest six straight times between 2001 and 2006.
Some people thought that perhaps Stonie was primed to ascend to the throne after his 62-dog performance last year, when he beat Chestnut by two hot dogs, but the most dominant hot dog eater in history reclaimed his top spot in the sport.
"No excuses," Stonie said after his loss. "Joey came out and brought his A-game, so I can't take that away from him."
Chestnut credited last year's loss to Stonie for the dominant showing.
"It's his fault," he said of Stonie. "He beat me last year and awoke the sleeping giant. He made me go back to the drawing board and relearn my body. And I did it, and I'm happy."
Not only did he do it, but he did it in style. Simply put, Chestnut defies comparison, as Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com noted:
On a day when NBA superstar Kevin Durant announced his decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors on the Players' Tribune, shocking the sports world, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area couldn't help but joke that Chestnut was the bigger story:
And in case anyone was wondering if Chestnut would retire on top, he confirmed after his win that he would return to the contest next year.
That's bad news for Stonie and the rest of the field. And perhaps for the world record, as well, which Chestnut keeps breaking.
Meanwhile, in the women's showdown between Sonya Thomas and Miki Sudo, the latter came out on top, eating 38 dogs to Thomas' 34 in a tense battle. That earned Sudo the $10,000 top prize, while Thomas took home $5,000 for finishing as the runner-up.
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