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Matt Stonie Becomes New Hot Dog Eating Champion

NEW YORK — In his first win of the Mustard Yellow International Belt, Matt “The Megatoad” Stonie upset eight time winner Joey “Jaws” Chestnut. Stonie gulped down 62 hot dogs and buns.

Unfortunately, Chestnut missed his opportunity to win his ninth consecutive title. He swallowed 60 hot dogs and buns within ten minutes. That number was down from his 2013 world record when he swallowed 69 dogs.

At 25 dogs a piece, Stonie and Chestnut went neck and neck, dog against dog, at the three minute mark of the ten minute competition. But then Stonie began to break ahead.

“I was slow and he was eating fast," said Chestnut after the competition in circumspect. He added that he just couldn't find his rhythm. "Dang," he summed up about this year's tough competition that had him on the losing end. "It gives me a reason to come back next year.”

From San Jose, California, Stonie commented that his win seemed surreal and crazy to him. But he added, “We worked hard for this.”

In the women’s competition, long-time champion until last year, Sonya Thomas, lost. She swallowed only 31 hot dogs. That is considerably down from her apex of downing 45 hot dogs and buns in 2012.  

Defending champion Miki Sudo ate 38 Nathan’s famous hot dogs. She had a few moments of dyspepsia early in the competition, which had her occasionally pause her eating pace. “My first minute was incredibly low but somehow I was able to make up the difference,” said Sudo to ESPN.

In its ninety-ninth year, the hot dog eating contest, is held every Fourth of July at Coney Island, New York. The women and men’s competition of Major League Eating were sponsored by franchisor Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog. The competitions began to be broadcast by ESPN2 at high noon.

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