“Joey Chestnut Overcomes Rain Delay and Secures Victory at Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest”

“Joey Chestnut Overcomes Rain Delay and Secures Victory at Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest”

Famous competitive eater Joy “Joze” Chestnut braved the rain and clinched another victory in Nathan’s famous Fourth of July hot dog eating competition, devouring 62 franks and buns in just 10 minutes.

Chestnut defeated runner-up Geoffrey Esper and 15 other competitive eaters from the international circuit to claim his 16th title. Esper, from Oxford, Massachusetts, managed to consume 49 hot dogs and buns.

In the women’s competition, defending champion Miki Sudo forced down 39 1/2 hot dogs and buns to secure her ninth mustard belt. However, before the men’s contest could take place, stormy weather hit Coney Island, New York, causing a two-hour delay in the competition.

“It was an emotional roller coaster,” Chestnut said after braving the rain and pondering whether the renowned event would continue as planned. The 39-year-old from Westfield, Indiana, competed for the title in Nathan’s contest for the first time in 2005 and has not lost it since 2015.

His best performance came in 2021 when he consumed 76 hot dogs, but Tuesday’s weather disruptions made it impossible to repeat that feat.

Chestnut remarked, “Everyone struggled.”

In a women’s event, Sudo defeated Maya Abihara’s 33 1/2 hot dogs in 10 minutes, which was a close call until the final count was announced. An unofficial real-time counter showed both leaders neck and neck throughout most of the competition. The score was tied at the end of the final count.

The 37-year-old Sudo was disappointed with her winning total, which was nine hot dogs short of her all-time high. She mentioned that 27-year-old Abihara’s fierce competition left her frustrated.

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