Joey Chestnut did it again.
Chestnut won its 14th Nathan Hot Dog Eating Contest on Sunday after breaking his own record and swallowing 76 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes of action. In last year’s contest with no fans due to the coronavirus pandemic, Chestnut ate 75 hot dogs.
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“It was just good,” Chestnut, of Westfield, Indiana, told ESPN after Sunday’s victory. “Even though I was uncomfortable, that everyone encouraged me and pushed me, it made me feel good. “
Michelle Lesco, of Tucson, Ariz., Ate 30 dogs ¾ in 10 minutes to win the women’s title. She called her victory an “incredible feeling”.
As Chestnut was on the verge of breaking his record, the ESPN show slipped and froze for a few seconds, causing a major uproar among social media users who tune in to watch the annual event.
The annual Frankfurt Fourth of July Festival normally takes place outside Nathan’s flagship store in Brooklyn’s Coney Island neighborhood. But this year’s planning took place amid changing coronavirus restrictions, and the event took place at a nearby minor-league baseball stadium, Maimonides Park, with 5,000 spectators.
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Last year it was held indoors and without an in-person audience due to the pandemic.
Chestnut said he missed the fans last year.
“I’ve been waiting for this all year,” he told ESPN in an interview ahead of this year’s competition.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.