TORONTO,CANADA - APRIL 1: Fans wait in line for hot dogs prior to the home opener for the Toronto Blue Jays as they face the Minnesota Twins during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre April 1, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.(Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

2011 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest: Joey Chestnut, Sonya Thomas Prevail

Joey Chestnut defended his title at the 2011 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. Sonya Thomas prevailed in the first-ever women's contest. And Takeru Kobayashi reportedly set a record in exile.

  • Live
6 Total Updates since July 4, 2011
  • Updates 6
  • All Updates 6

2011 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest: Chestnut Gets Paid, Kobayashi Gets Tequila

Joey Chestnut engulfed 62 hot dogs and buns to win the 2011 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on Monday. It was a huge coup for Nathans and the Major League Eating folks. And for Joey Chestnut as well.

Chestnut earned $10,000 for winning the contest, which comes out to $161.29 per hot dog.

Joey did fail to break his own record of 68 hot dogs and buns, set in 2009. However, word is that Takeru Kobayashi, banned from participating in the official contest, ate 69 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes. If true, it not only beat Chestnut but also his world record.

Kobayashi gets no cut of the sweet, sweet prize money. He'll just have to settle for a free trip to Mexico and all the Jose Cuervo he can drink.

Koya_medium

Of course, the next step is clear. Whatever it takes, someone needs to get Kobayashi, Chestnut and 140 hot dogs together in one room so they can settle this once and for all. Until then, we truly are a nation, nay, a world, divided.

Continue

VIDEO: Entire 2011 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Did you happen to have something better to do today than watching people shove steamed hot dogs and water-logged buns down their throat? Luckily for you, we have the video evidence to document just what you missed when Joey Chestnut won his fifth straight July Fourth hot dog-eating contest on New York's Coney Island by consuming 62 wieners in 10 minutes.

The 62 wieners fell short of his own record, but were still nine dogs more than second-place finisher Pat Bertoletti. In 2009, Chestnut scarfed down 68 wieners.

This year's competition, like last year's, did lack some of the normal "star" power. Chestnut's biggest rival, Takeru Kobayashi was once again ineligible to compete because he refuses to sign an exclusive contract with Major League Eating, the competition's relative equivalent to the NFL. Kobayashi, who was arrested last year after crashing the competition, held a shadow contest atop a Manhattan rooftop where he reportedly consumed 69 dogs.

Continue

Takeru Kobayashi Eats Record 69 Hot Dogs In 10 Minutes, According To Report

Joey Chestnut polished off 62 hot dogs and buns to win the 2011 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, but may not have pulled off the greatest competitive eating feat of the day. According to the Wall Street Journal live blog of both competitions, Takeru Kobayashi may have topped both Chestnut's feat on this Fourth of July and his all-time hot dog eating record.

But wait - in Manhattan, Kobayashi has eaten 69 hot dogs in ten minutes, tying the world record. Strike that - BREAKING the world record.

Kobayashi was competing in a sort of self-imposed exile this year. He missed the 2010 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest after a contract dispute with Major League Eating, which runs the contest, then was jailed after a bizarre appearance at the contest itself.

But Kobayashi's skills led many to consider him the greatest competitive eater of all time, and if the report of him downing 69 hot dogs and buns today is accurate and verified as a world record — it would top Chestnut's 68 hot dogs and buns consumed in the 2009 Nathan's Contest — the competitive eating world may have a restoked rivalry on its hands.

Continue

Joey Chestnut Wins 2011 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

The 2011 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest ended the way the last four years of the contest have: Joey Chestnut won, and a lot of viewers were suddenly not so interested in having hot dogs at their Fourth of July cookouts. Chestnut ate 62 hot dogs and buns, failing to break his own record of 68 hot dogs and buns, set in 2009.

Chestnut beat second place finisher Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti — introduced as "American by birth, Italian by name, and Irish by the grace of God" — by seven hot dogs and buns. Bertoletti briefly led Chestnut in the third minute of the contest, but was outpaced late by the man who has dominated this contest in recent years.

Tim "Eater X" Janus, who finished second to Chestnut in 2010, placed third with 43 hot dogs and buns consumed.

Chestnut earned $10,000 for his victory, and pulled within one win of Takeru Kobayashi's records for all-time and consecutive Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest championships.

ESPN ran the results of a SportsNation poll during the contest: 81.3 percent of respondents asserted that competitive eating is not a sport. But on the Fourth of July, watching guys indulge in a bit of gustatory gluttony certainly feels American.

Continue

Sonya Thomas Wins First Women's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

The first annual Women's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest has come and gone, and Sonya Thomas is the first ever Women's Hot Dog Eating Champion. Thomas came in as the women's record holder, having eaten 41 hot dogs and buns in 2009, and nearly matched that number, finishing with 40 hot dogs and buns eaten in the 10-minute competition.

Thomas had a chance at the record, as she moved into the final few minutes of the competition with about 35 hot dogs and buns already consumed. But her pace slowed in the closing moments of the contest.

Juliet Lee, who led Thomas early, tied for second with Hot Dog Eating Contest rookie Stephanie Torres. Both eaters downed 28 hot dogs and buns.

Thomas will take home $10,000 for her victory, an equivalent prize to what the winner of the Men's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest will take home. That competition will be broadcast live on ESPN at noon.

Continue

2011 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest: Time, TV Schedule, And More

Interested in celebrating the Fourth of July by paying homage to America's world-beating skills in the arena of gluttony? The 2011 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest will be broadcast live on ESPN at noon, giving viewers a chance to catch Joey Chestnut trying to defend his title and run his streak of consecutive victories to five, one shy of Takeru Kobayashi's record six straight wins.

Chestnut emerged with a nine-dog victory over Tim Janus, also known as Eater X, in 2010. Kobayashi, who did not sign a contract with Major League Eating, attended but did not compete in the contest, later being involved in a scuffle with police and jailed. Kobayashi will once again not be part of the Major League Eating-affilated Nathan's contest, instead choosing to have a parallel contest from the rooftop of a Manhattan bar, according to Deadspin.

This year, for the first time, the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest will have a women's contest before a men's event. Sonya Thomas, the overwhelming women's favorite, headlines a 10-woman field that will compete at 11:25 a.m.; the women's contest will be streamed live at ESPN3.com. Previous contests have been open to all, and Thomas, the current women's record holder, having eaten 41 hot dogs and buns in 2009, has placed second in that contest on more than one occasion.

The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest rules are simple: contestants must eat as many hot dogs and buns as possible in 10 minutes. Prize money has been awarded since 2007, with the winner earning $10,000 for gustatory greatness.

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.