Jaws sets new hot dog eating world record

World famous champion eater Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut skipped dessert after chomping his way to victory at the International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Joey Jaws Chestnut

The American beat his own world record at the Fourth of July event on New York’s Coney Island after downing 69 wieners in just ten minutes.

His gargantuan effort saw him take home the coveted $10,000 prize and the aptly coloured mustard yellow championship belt.

‘I made a new record and people seemed happy,’ Chestnut said. ‘It was a great day.’

He added: ‘I came out here, and the crowd pushed me. They wouldn’t let me slow down. They were awesome.’

Last year, Chestnut won the competition after chomping his way through 68 dogs.

Second place went to Matt Stonie with 51 hot dogs while Sonya ‘Black Widow’ Thomas eked out a narrow victory in the women’s race by polishing off nearly 37 hot dogs.

Chestnut’s victory puts him on seven wins, taking him past long-term rival Takeru Kobayashi.

Kobayashi has not participated in the event since 2009 following a dispute with organisers.

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