Joey Chestnut put on a dominating, if personally unimpressive, performance at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on Monday.
While on crutches in 81-degree weather, Chestnut won his 15th championship and seventh in a row by eating 63 hot dogs in 10 minutes, about 15 ahead of second-placed Geoffrey Esper.
Rookie James Webb rounded out the top three with 41 hot dogs.
Chestnut started out at its usual scorching pace, but quickly tapered off from previous years. It looked like there was nothing left in the tank at the end, but by then it didn’t matter.
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“I slowed down, but it was crazy competition,” Chestnut said afterwards. He also acknowledged some of his foot pain, saying it hurt afterward but he was in his zone early.
One thing Chestnut didn’t mention was a bizarre moment when a protester rushed onto the stage and interfered with him. Chestnut responded by quickly choking the protester before the intruder was escorted off stage.
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In the women’s division, Miki Sudo reclaimed her crown, finishing 40 hot dogs after missing last year’s contest. She collected the pink belt from Michelle Lesco, who ate 26 hot dogs, and Sarah Rodriguez was third at 23.25.
While it might not have been a record breaking day for the world’s best eaters, it was still a dominant day. The winners of the 2022 belt will, once again, be Chestnut and Sudo.
Sporting News follows the live results of Monday’s hot dog eating contest.
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2022 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Results, Winners
12:57 p.m. — The plus/minus of 74.5 proves to be just too ambitious, as Chestnut unofficially finishes at 63 hot dogs. Esper finishes 20-43.
12:56 p.m. — One minute left, Chestnut is almost at 60 hot dogs. Esper passes 40 years.
12:55 p.m. — We’re at the two-minute warning and Chestnut leads by 17 hot dogs. Esper is approaching 40, while Webb is 35.
12:54 p.m. — Chestnut is at the half-century mark with three minutes remaining.
12:52 p.m. — Unsurprisingly, Chestnut made it a race for second place. Esper becomes second at 30, while Webb and Wehny pursue him. Chestnut is now at 48 with four minutes left.
12:51 p.m. — Chestnut actually picks up his pace as he goes. He’s 40 before the five-minute mark, but he’s behind his record pace.
12:50 p.m. — Chestnut’s closest thing to a rival, Esper, is second at 20 3.5 minutes. Chestnut is at 33.
12:49 p.m. — 2.5 inches, Chestnut is at 24. Oji is on his tail with 17.
12:48 p.m. — Chestnut is at 10 hot dogs alongside Geoffrey Esper a minute later.
12:48 p.m. — And with the countdown, we are on our way!
12:41 p.m. — Joey Chestnut gets his incredibly dramatic introduction, as he looks to break his world record again. We’re almost underway in New York.
12:30 p.m. — Introductions are almost underway for the men’s division, as George Shea begins to welcome competitors.
12:14 p.m. — Joey Chestnut, on crutches, says he can “stand up” and “eat”. He looks good.
12:03 p.m. — The men’s division begins to ramp up, as they prepare for introductions.
11:16 p.m. — Despite some immediate frustration after the contest, Sudo seems content and thanks the crowd for pushing her.
11:15 a.m. — Sudo remains undefeated in this contest, eight for eight. Lesco finally concedes the belt after a year.
11:12 a.m. — Sudo’s results are actually at 40 hot dogs, Lesco at 26 (just over four down from last year) and Rodriguez finishes at 23.25.
11:10 a.m. — Over time, Sudo reclaims his title from Lesco! After missing last year’s championship, Sudo returns and eats 39 hot dogs. Lesco comes second at 25 and Rodriguez wins bronze at 22.
11:09 – It doesn’t look like Sudo is going to hit his record, but the bar with one minute left is 40.
11:09 a.m. — Lesco may not catch Sudo, but she smells blood in the water. She picks up her pace while Sudo’s has dropped.
11:07 a.m. — With about three minutes left, Sudo is down to 30 hot dogs and she’s looking for a second gear. Lesco becomes second person at 20, while Rodriguez sits at 18.
11:05 a.m. — Now halfway through the competition, Sudo is 24 hot dogs down, 20 ahead of Rodriguez and Lesco. She’s halfway to the record, but her pace has dropped significantly from a fast start.
11:05 a.m. — Four minutes later, Sudo is already at 20 hot dogs but his pace is starting to drop.
11:04 a.m. — Sudo is now at about five hot dogs per minute. Rodriguez and Lesco try to keep it from being a runaway.
11:03 a.m. — Sudo is the first to 10 hot dogs in 1 minute and 40 seconds. Unsurprisingly, she sets the tone. Sara Rodriguez and Michelle Lesco try to follow.
11:02 a.m. — Sudo immediately gets to work and she is the first to five hot dogs. She has a lead of more than a minute.
11:01 a.m. — And with the countdown, they get to work.
10:58 a.m. — The women’s division competitors are announced and take the stage. We’ll be on our way soon!
What time is the hot dog eating contest today?
- Start time: 10:45 a.m. ET
- TV channel: ESPN3/ESPNews (TSN3/TSN4 in Canada)
- Direct: Watch ESPN | fuboTV
The women’s hot dog eating contest begins at 10:45 a.m. ET on Monday, while the men’s contest begins at noon. The women’s competition will air on ESPN3 and coverage of the men’s competition will be on ESPNews. The entire event can be streamed on ESPN+ and the ESPNews portion will also be available via fuboTV, which offers a free trial.
Hot Dog Eating Contest TV Schedule
ESPN will air replays of the eating contest throughout the day on ESPN, ESPNews and ESPN2.
|ESPN3||monday july 4th||10:45 a.m.|
|ESP News||monday july 4th||Midday|
|ESPN||monday july 4th||4 p.m.|
|ESP News||monday july 4th||5 p.m.|
|ESPN||monday july 4th||10 p.m.|
|ESPN2||tuesday july 5||00:30|