Published: Thu, July 06, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Nathan's Hot Dog Contest: Joey Chestnut favored to defend title

Nathan's Hot Dog Contest: Joey Chestnut favored to defend title

The Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest is more than 100 years old and takes place on the 4th of July.

Eight-time men's champion Joey Chestnut, of San Jose, Calif., holds holds his championship belt during the weigh-in for the 2017 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, in Brooklyn Borough Hall, in New York, Monday, July 3, 2017.

Once again, Joey Chestnut proved there is no match for his feats of gastrointestinal fortitude.

Loyal fans donned hot dog hats as they waited to see who could stomach the pressure and who would falter.

It's Joey Chestnut's world, we're just eating in it. "Next year if I come back, you can bet I'll be pushing harder". All told, Chestnut has won the competition a whopping 10 times at this point.

In the women's division, Miki Sudo took top honors by eating 41 hot dogs.

"The activists were protesting because companies like Nathan's promote violence against animals by showcasing people eating them for profits and notoriety", Direct Action Everywhere said in an emailed statement. Daniel Mak won the adult competition, eating four hot dogs with their bun in 2:50.

Chestnut said at Monday's pre-contest weigh-in that he models his training after marathoners, slowly building up to eating more and more franks as the contest approaches.

In 1916, Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker opened a nickel hot dog stand on Coney Island with a $300 loan from two friends. Sonya Thomas holds the record for women with 45 hots dogs eaten in 10 minutes in 2012.

At the Nathan's contest past year, three Direct Action Everywhere activists were arrested for trying to jump the stage and interrupt the contest.

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