Monday, July 4, 2016

Joey Chestnut Reclaims Top Dog Title In Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

They don't call him "Jaws" for nothing.

Joey Chestnut reclaimed his title at this year's Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York, on Monday after chowing down on 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

The astonishing haul was 17 dogs more than defending champ Matt "The Megaton" Stonie.

In addition to being crowned victor, Chestnut's win topped his 2013 world record when he gobbled 69 dogs in 10 minutes.

According to ESPN, Chestnut set a record last month during a qualifying event when he ate 73 1/2 hot dogs and buns.

Last year, the 32-year-old lost the competition's Mustard Yellow International Belt to Stonie for the first time after eight straight wins.

"Last year was a bad year all around," Chestnut told the New York Daily News at Friday's weigh-in ceremony in Brooklyn. "Body wasn't cooperating, didn't have the speed. This year I'm faster and stronger. I'm ready."

In the women's division, defending champion Miki Sudo won for the third straight year after scarfing down 38 1/2 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

The 30-year-old surpassed prior champion Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas by 4 1/2 dogs.

This year marked the 100th anniversary of Nathan's Famous, which opened in 1916.

Gearing up for this year's competition, five of the event's competitors went plate-to-plate against HuffPosters in their own hot dog eating contest.

In a 360-degree video capturing Thursday's stomach-turning race by virtual reality studio RYOT, the major league eaters are seen scarfing down the sausages and buns -- leaving no meaty morsel untouched.

Check out all the wiener wreckage below:

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