Michael Balsamo of the Associated Press.
As he gripped the mustard-colored belt after his win Monday afternoon, Chestunt said Stonie had woke up the sleeping giant when he beat him out last year.
This year was the best ever.World Ice-Cream Sandwich Eating Championship last month in San Diego.The mens contest came more than an hour after the women competed, with defending champion Miki Sudo capturing first place.Many in the crowd Monday wore foam hats shaped like hot dogs.Chestnut, 32, downed 70 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes the most hot dogs and buns ever eaten at the competition polishing off 17 more dogs than Stonie."Last year was rough Chestnut said last July.Contest officials said Chestnut set a new record last month when he ate 73 1/2 hot dogs and buns during a qualifying event.In 2013, Chestnut set a world record by eating 69 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.A competitive eater explains how he trains to prepare for the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.His two-dog victory in 2015 showed Jaws was beatable in his trademark event and made the Megatoad the future face of the sport.He put his potential on display by eating 53 dogs in qualifying after posting 42 in the main event last year.Carmen Cincotti finished in second place with 62 hot dogs, while Matt Stonie, the 2015 first-place winner, placed third with.It left Jaws virtually unchallenged as he earned eight straight victories.Many viewed Stonie's win two years ago as a potential changing of the guard."There's money on the line.".Connect commentemailmore, nEW york (AP) Joey Jaws Chestnut regained the Mustard Yellow International Belt Monday, ousting Matt The Megatoad Stonie of the championship title at the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathans Famous in Coney Island on Monday.It's the second consecutive triumph for Chestnut, who's won every Fourth of July showcase since 2007 except for the 2015 competition won by Matt Stonie.Stonie said there were no excuses for his loss.Sudo, 30, downed 4 1/2 more wieners than prior champion Sonya Black Widow Thomas, 48, of Alexandria, Virginia, who devoured 34 hot dogs.Replay 1 of 13 2 of 13 3 of 13 4 of 13 5 of 13 6 of 13 7 of 13 8 of 13 9 of 13 10 of 13 11 of 13 12 statutory rebate credit of 13 13 of 13, autoplay, show Thumbnails.Joey Chestnut wins the Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, marking his 10th victory in the event.(Photo: Bebeto Matthews, AP).
Chestnut, the reigning champion, devoured 72 hot dogs during the 10-minute race, breaking the previous record of 70 that he set last year.