The San Jose, Calif, man called Jaws ate one more wiener than his prior record to capture the mustard-yellow champion’s belt. He said afterward that he was motivated by the prestige, not the $10,000 prize money.
“I’d do that for absolutely nothing,” he stated.
Thomas, a 100-pound dynamo called the “Black Widow” of competitive consuming, wolfed down almost 37 wieners to narrowly eke out her own victory.
Chestnut, 29, is actually a seven-time winner who set the old record – 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes – in 2009 and tied it last year. Thomas, 45, powered through 45 dogs to take the women’s championship final year and also won in 2011, the very first year females competed separately
Chestnut, who weighs 210 pounds, had said his pace was uneven within the past, but “this year I’m trying to consume slightly much more gracefully, conserve my power.”
Second-place finisher was Matt Stonie, who chomped down 51 hot dogs.
With this year’s victory, Chestnut has now bested his former rival, Takeru Kobayashi, who won six instances. Kobayashi competed in a various eating contest Thursday.
Thomas went toe-to-toe with Juliet Lee for the $5,000 women’s prize. Thomas finished with 36 and three-quarters dogs; Lee ate 36 wieners.
Thomas said the challenge of shoveling down dozens of franks is actually “more mental than physical.”
“I need to fight with myself, so I am going to try to definitely concentrate,” said Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., where she manages a fast-food restaurant.
Now in its 98th year, the Nathan’s Renowned Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest draws crowds of thousands to marvel at contestants cramming frankfurters down their throats.