Nathan’s Hot Dog Contest 2021: Joey Chestnut wins for the 14th time
By Wayne Sterling, CNN
Reigning world champion Joey Chestnut broke his own world record on Sunday, devouring 76 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes during Nathan’s famous international hot dog eating contest.
It was the 14th time the world’s highest-ranked hot dog eater has won the title in the past 15 years, losing 26 more than runner-up Geoffrey Esper and one more than Chestnut last year.
On the women’s side, Michelle lesco, ranked ninth overall, won her first championship after consuming 30 3/4 hot dogs and buns, 6 3/4 more than finalist Sarah Rodriguez.
Miko Sudo, the seven-time defending champion, has not competed this year as she is expecting her first child later this month. Sudo set the female record in 2020 when she ate 48.5 hot dogs and buns.
The annual July 4th event took place in front of spectators at Coney Island.
Last year’s competition was held at a private media venue due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Nathan’s, legend has it that the first such competition was held on July 4, 1916, when four immigrants competed to show how patriotic they were by eating hot dogs at Nathan’s booth in Coney Island.
The competition has only been registered since 1972.
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CNN’s Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.