(AP) — Chowdown champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut broke his own record to win the men’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest for the 14th time on Sunday, while Michelle Lesco won the women
Chestnut ate 76 franks and buns in 10 minutes, one more than he did when he set the men's record last year, when the competition was held in the absence of spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic
“It just felt good,” Chestnut, of Westfield, Indiana
, said in an ESPN interview
following his victory on Sunday. “Even if I was uncomfortable, having everyone cheer me and push me made me feel good.”
Lesco, from Tucson, Arizona
, defeated 30 34 dogs
in 10 minutes and described her
victory as an "amazing feeling."
Miki Sudo, the reigning women's champion and world record
holder, did not compete this year because she is expecting a child
with fellow competitive eater Nick Wehry, who competed for the men's title but fell short.
The annual Fourth of July
frankfurter festival is normally held outside Nathan's flagship shop in Brooklyn
's Coney Island neighborhood, but due to changing coronavirus restrictions, this year's planning took place in a nearby minor league baseball
stadium, Maimonides Park, with 5,000 spectators.
Because of the pandemic last year, it was held indoors and with no in-person audience.
Last year, Chestnut mentioned how much he missed the fans
“I’ve been looking forward to this all year,” he told ESPN ahead of this year's competition.