Chestnut sets new record as hot dog contest brings fans back

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NEW YORK — Chowdown champ Joey “Jaws” Chestnut broke his own record to gulp to a 14th win in the men’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Sunday afternoon. Michelle Lesco took the women’s title. 

Chestnut downed 76 franks and buns in 10 minutes. That’s one more than he did in setting the men’s record last year, when the hot dog eating contest unfolded without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Lesco downed 30 ¾ dogs in 10 minutes. Reigning women’s champ and record-holder Miki Sudo skipped the event this year because she is expecting a baby in a few weeks.