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Joey Chestnut is Still the Hot Dog Eating Contest King With New Record

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Joey Chestnut, the 33-year-old hot dog eating champion from California has once again set a record at the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. ABC News writes that he “downed a record 72 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win his 10th contest in 11 years.” That means that he ate over 20,000 calories worth of hot dogs which he dips in water to aid in faster eating.

According to USA Today, Chestnut prepares by not eating anything for two days before the contest. “I slowly eat less and less and make sure I’m empty the day of. Today (Friday) I’ll have a pretty big salad and tomorrow will be less. And Sunday and Monday, nothing,” he said. And after the contest is over, he certainly isn’t hungry anymore! But, he does crave a lot of water due to the high sodium content in the dogs.

The Bleacher Report says that Chestnut has won each Mustard Belt from the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest since 2007 (except for one slip-up in 2015). He has a new (friendly) rival in Matt Stonie. “The rivalry between Chestnut and Stonie has reinvigorated the contest, which lost some of its luster following the exit of Japanese standout Takeru Kobayashi due to a contract dispute in 2010,” the Bleacher Report writes.

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