Joey Chestnut Sets New World Record for Hot Dog Eating

He consumed 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2017 1:43 PM CDT
Joey Chestnut Sets New World Record for Hot Dog Eating
Joey Chestnut eats two hot dogs at a time during the Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. Chestnut won, marking his 10th victory in the event.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Joey Chestnut is only one win away from tying Bill Russell's record 11 championships—granted one played professional basketball and the other just eats a lot of hot dogs. The AP reports Chestnut—who was carried to the stage in a bright-yellow chariot—won the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest Tuesday for the 10th time, downing 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes for a new world record. Despite beating his previous record of 70 hot dogs and buns, Chestnut fell short of his goal of 80, according to CBS Sports. The average American is said to eat 70 hot dogs in a year, and ESPN's Darren Rovell tweets Chestnut consumed more than 20,000 calories and nearly 1,300 grams of fat to earn his Fourth of July victory. Second-place finisher Carmen Cincotti ate 62 hot dogs and buns. (Read more Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest stories.)

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