Joey Chestnut sets new world record after devouring 76 hot dog buns

Published July 6, 2021, 1:10 PM

by Jaleen Ramos

Reigning world champion Joey Chestnut broke his own record after eating 76 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes during Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island on Sunday, July 4.

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 04: Competitive eating champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut wins the 2021 Nathan’s Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest with 76 hot dogs, breaking his personal best record of 75 at Coney Island on July 4, 2021 in New York City. The first Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest dates back to 1916, the year Nathan’s Famous opened on Surf Avenue in Coney Island. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images/AFP David Dee Delgado / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

In a CBS Sports report, it was already the 14th time that Chesnut won the title in the last 15 years.

“It just felt good. Even if I was uncomfortable, having everybody cheer me and push me, it made me feel good,” Chestnut, of Westfield, Indiana, said in an ESPN interview after his win Sunday.

“I’ve been looking forward to this all year,” he added.

On the women’s side, Michelle Lesco, ranked ninth overall, and picked up her first championship after eating 30 3/4 hot dogs and buns.

Seven-time reigning women’s champion Miki Sudo did not compete this year as she’s expecting her first child later this month.

The annual Fourth of July event was held in a nearby minor league baseball stadium, Maimonides Park, with around 5,000 spectators.

Last year, it was held indoors due to the coronavirus pandemic.